Oh yeah, it's actually got some laugh out loud moments also, but it never takes you away from that feeling of dread and utter disgust. I have seen everything under the sun when it comes to sick and twisted cinema and this tops it all. A Serbian Film tells the terrible story of a retired adult film actor named Milos who gets far more than he bargained for when he accepts what he is led to believe is the role of a lifetime. Vukmir seems most suspicious out of everyone, but doesn't seem too crazy. The thing that bothered me the most about Srpski Film isn't necessarily its use of deliberate shock, and taboo busting scenes designed to offend. The basic story is about a guy called Milos, who is a retired porn star, who in his day was the best actor in the business.
He has an unhealthy fascination with his family. It is the way in which Srdjan Spasojevic tries to cover his dubious tracks by passing it off as some kind of artistic political allegory about life in Serbia. Immediately following his declining, however, his life becomes a living nightmare of extremely depraved proportions. He tells Vukmir that he's backing out of the project and has no interest in continuing. Fair enough - if you don't like them then don't watch.
So do I fault it for working? It's also disheartening, frustrating, and cruel. Using babies and children does not make it artistic, independent of your cultural origins - although some people claim that it is art. I am a film fan. I think one of the more effective parts of this film comes toward the end when it suddenly dawns on us that this story is not going to have the usual horror film ending. The wife is a non-judgmental, unassuming, mostly pleasant person who is faithful to Milos and doesn't fret at the fact that his profession of choice is what he is most known for in other circles.
It doesn't necessarily make it a good film, although it is admittedly well shot, and well acted. A baby is graphically birthed on screen by a large bald man. Like I said it is very hard to watch in some scenes, but the film is actually really good, and the acting is solid throughout. It works a little too well, but it works. It's a tricky technique, but somehow is works.
So if you are having hard times and a massive money offer comes your way. . What works the most about all this, however, is how unabashed and how bizarre and off-the-wall the nature of reality becomes as the film progresses. I don't get offended by lots of things I see or hear, but it's not enough to say that I am absolutely disgusted with this one. There are things put on celluloid that I never, ever thought I would see in a cinema in America or Europe for that matter. Director Srdjan Spasojevic creates such a chaotic world that we get involved in, and we, the audience, are led to believe that anything horrible and depraved could happen at any moment and there will be no limits.
Im not going to say what happens in the film, but even for me, some was hard to watch. A good chunk of the film is told in hyper real flashback, and so the audience spends a good amount of time wondering what the heck is going on and fearing the worst. He asks what the film is about, but the employer is reluctant to tell. I like how the film also shows perspective when it comes to what happens. This film is sick on so many levels, it's absolutely beyond my comprehension.
He accepts the job based on the intriguing premise of what film director Vukmir tells him. I just don't love this kind of film, or the thinly veiled attempts to disguise absolute exploitation as something profound. He then takes down his underwear, and rapes the screaming newborn baby - on screen. Go into this with extreme caution and a very open mind. But if you think you can take it, and can appreciate it for the film it is, go for it! The mother lies prone, and pushes the baby out into his hands. One thing I can definitely say though is that it's not gratuitous. It's the most disturbing film I've ever seen, and I don't regret watching it for even a second.
As a horror film it works wonderfully due to the suspense of the picture. He and his family may be poverty stricken, but they have as normal a life as a family like that can have. This film, in terms of transgressive cinema that includes films such as Ex Drummer, Irreversible, Inside, Martyrs, and Possession, A Serbian Film is one of the best of it's kind. I saw this about a week ago and every time I see the friends I saw it with the scenes come up in our conversations. It doesn't make any difference whatsoever. If you can get through it.
Then there's the brother of Milos, whom we only meet a few times and each time he seems like a sleazy, jealous, and unpleasant man. It has a more classical way of plot development and depicting how it all comes together. He seems more eccentric, but that's true of a lot of filmmakers. It's beautifully made, it's heartbreakingly tragic, it's terribly realistic, and it's one of the most effective and well made films as well as one of the most disturbing. You got to think, the poorer European countries, are rife with crime, and money goes a long way.