“An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.”
Srdjan Spasojevic is an extremely good director, I am going to say that right off the bat with this one.
Serbian Film is a treat both for the eyes, ears and soul.
Before going into this, you should be made aware that just about every taboo you can possibly think of is touched on somewhere in the film, often rather graphically.
When the film was first released, I knew nothing about it before watching it, so I went in blind (so to speak), and that is possibly the best way to do it, in my opinion.
Nowadays, if you type in “Serbian Film” into Google, you get all kinds of lists popping up of “top 10 most extreme films ever made,” etc… And each one has Serbian Film sitting right up there (for good reason, but maybe also unfairly).
Serbian Film is much more than just a shock value for the sake of it extravaganza, it goes places that not many films dare tread, but at it’s core, it is a social experiment, about the world (and the people in it), and perhaps just how far some will go to achieve their dreams and in times of desperation and sadness.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Serbian Film, I have seen it about 4 times all up now, and each time I watch this film, I get something extra from it, it’s an incredible social commentary about the pitfalls of a man’s life, and how he just cannot seem to dig himself out of them, no matter how hard he tries, or just how much he risks.
You have been warned though – this is NOT for the squeamish. Although not bloody as such, the subject matter is (in some parts) absolutely abhorrent, and if you cannot stomach that, you shouldn’t even be reading this.
However, A Serbian Film is a modern day masterpiece!
9.4 out of 10 – Amazing!