|Starring:||Miki Manojlovic, Mirjana Jokovic, Lazar Ristovski|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Oct 2006|
|Main languages:||Serbo-Croatian, French, German|
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a modern classic?By PeterSays (108 reviews) from Romsey , 31 Oct 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]I was very intrigued what I would make of this film, considering the contrasting views of other reviewers: was it five-star wonderful or a no-star disaster? To start with, its not easy viewing with subtitles, unfamiliar cultural references, loads of things taking place on screen and two leading characters who looked so similar, at first I found it difficult to tell them apart. This added to the confusion in a film which was portraying the confused events of a turbulent history. It may say more about my attention span than the film, but I found it better to take a couple of breaks from the film, as it is so intense. So what kept me watching and what makes this a good no, brilliant film? Number one the images. The director has produced tableaux which are visually stunning and are on a par with the best of European cinema: I didnt think they made films like this anymore. Second, the story of Yugoslavia, a country forged in the insanity of the Second World War and destroyed in the insanity of the Balkan Wars at the end of the twentieth century. Between, Tito treated the population like mushrooms (kept in the dark and fed on sh*t), making them hide underground from imaginary enemies (hence the name of the film). In existence for about fifty years, the director sees the Peoples Republic of Yugoslavia as a crazy invention of history, now remembered just as a weird dream: Were all mad, its just not all of us have been certified yet, as one of the characters says. The film's surreal, dream-like quality is very successful: the manic village bands accompaniment, death represented as underwater swimming, the insane roundabout of burning bodies, etc. etc. This is a film that requires effort to watch but its worth it. In time, 'Underground' could become a classic of European cinema.
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Brilliant BalkansBy Leni (179 reviews) from London , 09 Mar 2009This is a breathtaking film, although I share the sense of confusion about the details of the plot. Despite the Balkan Wars, I am still at sea with the complex history of the region. In so far as the film is obviously a political allegory, this can lead to confusion. On the other hand, it's also possible to watch and be bowled over by the energy. I was astonished that over 2.5 hours had gone by. Watch it!
FantasticBy a customer from Kersey, Suffolk , 22 Nov 2008I knew from the miute this film strated I was going to enjoy it- what an original piece of film-making. The only thing that stopped me giving it 5 stars was that it was a teeny bit too long- one or 2 scenes in the middle thcould have been taken out I think..but other than that- loved it.
UndergrounBy raf3mind (7 reviews) from Tonbridge , 29 Sep 2008It has to be one of the gratest movies ever made. It has everything - explosive, fat paced action, great soundtract, superb performances. It is well thought end executed- it is funny to start with and then it becomes very serious and sad. It makes you think, it makes you laugh and it even may make you cry if you are sensitive enough.
Wonderfull cinematic experience-please watch it!
not for meBy LEENEW (73 reviews) from Manchester , 23 Sep 2008I found this film very disappointing. I have watched some very good eastern european films recently, this wasnt one of them.
I thought the lead characters were almost trivial the way the film was written in a humourous way. I was hoping for a realistic, educational take on the Balkans in the past 50 years however this film was precisely the opposite. As for the brass band, after listening to them for over an hour it was so tempting to press the mute button. I managed to last out until the end but the film went on way too long.
Mad as a Box of Barking BadgersBy DoctorGoa (49 reviews) from Kent , 22 Sep 2008This film is barking mad. The whole cast is bonkers. It's like a Balkan party that never ends. Yet it has a serious undercurrent like a slithering snake that whips and weaves its way through the film, leaving in its trail passionate glimpses of the history of Yugoslavia. The film is coherent but surreal. The cast go for it in a way that suggests passion is an inadequate word to describe their often frenzied approach to the film. Music, booze, sex, and more music, and to hell with the falling bombs and an elephant nicking my shoes. It's the second world war and let's build an underground base from which to attack the invading Germans, and when that fails, turn to crime, but above all remain loyal to our country and each other and ultimately hide from the Germans for fifty years. Then presto! There is release and a mission to Berlin, travelling secretly by an underground road network that criss-crosses Europe. Even the end is fitting and redemptive. This film has intensity, an infectious and enjoyable madness, and a redeeming end. The cast are excellent, the camerawork is noteworthy, the script wild, the music frenetic, and the surreal imagery enduring in the mind's eye. Above all this film has ENERGY, so much of it that it scatters from the screen and impregnates the viewer. I ended up dancing on the roof.