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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, to the point, and rather brilliant
Last year, just before the Academy voted their choices for the Oscars, Miramax launched a campaign. The campaign was pretty simple - to have the Academy, who's vote choices included Best Foreign Language Film, to actually have SEEN the foreign language films they were voting from. The only Miramax film in this category was the hugely popular French movie Amelie, which is...
Published on 30 Jan 2003 by A. Whyte

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected
I had expected this to be far better than it actually was. After a promising start, the action became a bit contrived, especially with the introduction of the English journalist. She was one annoying character among many - including, unfortunately, the two main protagonists. I thought that the satire, and the conclusion, were a bit clunky and cumbersome, and the film...
Published on 25 Nov 2008 by The Beard


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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting!, 13 May 2009
This review is from: No Man's Land [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Almost all the film is in a trench.

Question: When you have a trench as setting and two simple characters as protagonists what you can make as film?

Answer:if you are intelligent and you know how to make a good film with almost nothing then you will do something like No man's Land.

However this is not a film for fun in a sunday afternoon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Oscar-winner out of guilt?, 8 Feb 2009
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"No Man's Land" is set in the Bosnian War 1992 - 1995, and the West has much to feel guilty about in its failure to act effectively to end the conflict, prevent crimes against humanity, or protect civilians, either through NATO or the UN. This combination of ineffectuality and moral corruption is represented in a film which may well have guilt-tripped to an Oscar, because the quality of the film is not on a par with some other nominations such as "Amelie" or "Lagaan".

"No Man's Land" is a very angry film, and its anger is both its strength and its weakness. The very promising start creates a black and absurd situation of two opposing soldiers, a Bosnian and a Serb, stuck in a trench between two warring armies in the middle of no-man's land fighting a pointless micro-war while a third soldier is lying on an unexploded bomb which will kill him if he moves.

If the movie had stayed with this, it would have been a better movie, a Samuel Beckett ritual of desolation and pointlessness. "Who started the war?" is the recurring question, which is always answered, reluctantly, "We did," by whoever doesn't have the gun at the time.

However it succumbs to the temptation to try and tell and show everything, and in doing so it damagingly pulls focus away from its greatest strength. The original situation concerns two people, not the politics of the situation. However the further we get into the film, the more it is clear that the film-maker believes very strongly that the Serbs started the war, the Serbian soldier becomes less and less attractive, and the balance of the original premise is fatally weakened.

The film also makes great play with the predatory nature of the media, and much of the second half of the movie is taken up with following a woman reporter (Katrin Cartlidge) trying to get interviews under pressure from her editor at Global News Network. This is definitely the most tedious part of the movie, because the dialogue is cliche-ridden to the point of incredulity, and the performance is singularly unlikeable.

The one thing that redeems the film is the character of the doomed soldier (Filip Sovagovic) lying on his bomb unable even to scratch himself and doomed to inevitable death sooner or later. He says very little, but he is the humanistic force trying to calm the murderous Bosnian-Serbian hatred, and showing a touching wry acceptance of his dreadful fate. The final shot of him lying alone in the trench clutching the photo of his girlfriend, all alone and waiting for the UN-engineered clash which will blow him to hell, returns the film to its roots, and its strengths. A much better film about the same general subject is Boorman's "Hell in the Pacific" Hell In The Pacific [1969]
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about this Film, 23 Jun 2006
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This review is from: No Man's Land [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Human tragedy,The Futility Of War,An uncompromising look at the Madness of the War that Tore the Balkans apart...however dont take my word for it ...buy the DVD,this Film rates as a little known MASTERPIECE !!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wait and see, 2 Dec 2013
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I started to watch this dvd but found it difficult to keep up with the subtitles, so I will have to wait and see if I can persevere with it when I have the time to try it again
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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film for the kids!, 24 Mar 2007
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This review is from: No Man's Land [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
When i was young, my dad would whip is sausages out and get me to it whilst i watched this film.

A great film. The humour part is most prominent. Using the background of vietnam and 24th century vietnam as a "what if?" portrait was not only sobering but beer bellyingly funny. The cameo of Harry hill riding Obedia Hakeswills' donkey from sharpe (ITV 1993)gives you an idea of the sway such a film has on the donkey population.

Filmed using innovative donkey belt cameras, you feel immersed in the charge of donkeys across the frozen city mall.

A real gem of a film!
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