Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

Director: Angelina Jolie. Cast: Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Rade Serbedzija. 127 min. Rated R. Drama/War.

Angelina Jolie's directorial debut. She has a lot more to learn in the realm of directing. And writing. And probably producing. It's a love story between the two sides of the Bosnian War; but to be more accurate, it's a hodgepodge of a few heart-wrenching violent events that happened during the war, without any logical story elements linking them. The characters' motivations are unclear, and therefore it's impossible to sympathize with them in their perils. Of course, the attractive production elements prove how much money Jolie poured into the project. But she is no filmmaker.

PS: For a much more skillful approach to the Bosnian War, try Michael Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo (1997).

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