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4.0 out of 5 stars Cut or Uncut?
Even in it's censored form, A Serbian Film packs a powerful punch.

Without trying to sound like an apologist for censorship, the cut version still works and internet rants against companies putting out censored work should be directed at the censor, not the companies putting out the movies, who have to recoup costs regardless of the BBFCs outcome.

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Published on 13 Dec 2010 by SamJones99

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2.0 out of 5 stars Cut what made this movie real
The four and a half minutes cut from this movie were important parts that made it as extreme as it was. Just download the screener and don't waste your time on the dvd.
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by adam brooks


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90 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut or Uncut?, 13 Dec 2010
This review is from: A Serbian Film [2010] [DVD] (DVD)
Even in it's censored form, A Serbian Film packs a powerful punch.

Without trying to sound like an apologist for censorship, the cut version still works and internet rants against companies putting out censored work should be directed at the censor, not the companies putting out the movies, who have to recoup costs regardless of the BBFCs outcome.

To all the people bleating about how disgusting it is and how it should be banned I say this. You don't have to watch it. This isn't the kind of film, thanks to a combined campaign of open and honest marketing and furiously jerking knees, that anyone will come to without prior warning.

Therefore, if you choose to watch something and then get offended, it's your fault, not the fault of talented filmmakers creating transgressive imagery. Personally, I watched it and got very upset. Upset because the film asked me questions rather than simply throwing the claret around and jiggling breasts in my face.

If only more films were less thought provoking and had more pointless slaughter and more jiggling breasts,we could all sleep at night knowing that no one would be offended or uncomfortable. Fact is, art and creativity shouldn't be subject to censure only classification. I classify this movie as uncompromising, thought provoking, intellegent and extremely troubling.

If you don't like images of sex, violence and sexual violence, just don't watch it. Don't. If you're more tolerant of extreme cinema and taboo images, then A Serbian Film, despite protests from reviewers about it being pure exploitation (an act of cowardice as they try to avoid being seen to praise that which has been universally vilified), is a smart, clever, questioning work that will at least give you plenty of pub debate ammunition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a Wonderful World, 11 Oct 2014
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This review is from: A Serbian Film (Uncut) (DVD)
The recently retired adult filmstar Milos (Srdan Todorovic) can’t quite seem to get a head start on what is to become the subsequent chapter of his life. Ever since leaving the industry he’s mostly been hanging around the suburban abode, he shares with his beautiful wife Marija (Jelena Gavrilovic) and their ten year old son, Peter (Uncredited child actor), guzzling large quantities of booze and sampling his old porn tapes.
The household, however is facing impending financial difficulties, due to Milos’ inability to find work, so when he’s contacted by a former colleague Lejla (Katarina Zutic) who offers him a sit-down with a hot new director who’s looking to revolutionize the porn business through his latest project, an highly avant-garde experimental adult film, whom he want Milos to star in, he quickly accepts.
When Milos first meets the director, Vukmir (Sergej Trifunovic) he instantly offers up a $million contract for Milos’ participation but there’s a catch, Vukmir will neither unveil the screenplay nor enlighten Milos regarding the story, which initially frustrates him but with the promise of a major payday, he nevertheless signs the contract anyway.
As production begins however, Milos finds that Vukmir creation is clearly a much more perverted depiction of pornography than even he cares to be associated with. But when he threatens to relinquish his involvement in the project, he becomes enmeshed in a sickening and ever escalating turn of events involving nauseatingly acts of psycho-sexual madness including paedophilia, necrophilia, torture, desecration of the flesh, from which there is no turning back. As the devilish Vukmir appalling acts of depravity spirals towards its horrifying conclusion, Milos realises that the grotesque narrative of Vukmir’ wickedly debaucherous vision, might not exclusively pertain to him as a active player but might very well also include that of his family.

Much have been said and written concerning Srdjan Spasojevic’s shockingly vicious debut feature, A Serbian Film (Srpski Film) but just how much of the various watchdogs contributions constitutes valid constructive criticism and conversely intransient fire n’ brimstone hyperbole, let’s inspect...

No matter how you cut it, there’s no point in denying the film’s controversial nature and savagely graphic depiction of sexual violence, what is debatable is the filmmaker’s reasons for employing such unflinching tactics in their portrayal of the phenomenon.
After its completion and subsequent festival run, the director Sedan Spasojevic was quoted with saying that the film should be view as an allegory reflecting the anguish and suffering that the Serbian people had gone through in the Bosnian war and its aftermath and that they, for short felt “f.....d from birth through death”
To which I retort; “Why didn’t you make that film than!” Because A Serbian Film sure isn’t it.
In my mind, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to push boundaries, especially when you do it as effectively as this film manages to do, but writing off the perverse elements on display as simply metaphorical is at best disingenuous, at worse downright hypocritical.
At no point are we presented to elements such as poverty, class struggles, politics, corruption or the various social institutions within that region, there’s simply nothing anchoring the story or its characters to the republic of Serbia (other than the spoken language) and for all intents and proposes this particular story could have play out anywhere in the world.
A Serbian Film is painted in broad strokes of un-nuanced black and white and as a result, the picture comes across as purely exploitative.
It’s quite clear that the filmmaker’s are going for shock value first and foremost, regardless of the claims of it being about so much more.
Any film that has a guy’s retina penetrated by a monstrously erect penis will have a hard time playing the social realism card.

The violence presented throughout the film, is just as hysterical and over-the-top as it’s gallery of caricatures on display.
The worst offender being Sergej Trifunovic’s goatee sporting Vukmir who seems almost animated as a character that isn’t so much man as pure unrestricted Mephistophelian beast-man.
He and the rest of the cast aren’t bad by any means, just severely embellished, an approach that only serves to further illustrate that the film as a whole, shouldn’t be taken all that seriously.
However this certainly doesn’t mean that the level of violence on display and the nature of it, aren’t among the most extreme and controversial ever committed to film or in this case video.
But I would argue that this is exactly what quality exploitation films is suppose to do, although A Serbian Film does come frightfully close to crossing the line of what is acceptable to employ in the name of “entertainment”.

Technically the film is marvel to behold; it might even be a tad too glossy and slick given it distressing subject matter (which also debunks the filmmakers art-house claims) but it is nevertheless faultless executed, which is an extreme rarity for a film with such brutal content.
It doesn’t make the film any easier to watch, mind you but as viewer I valued it quite a lot as professionalism is always nice addition in regards to cinema.
So forget any and all talk about art-house credentials and instead enjoy the film for what it is; a brilliantly crafted yet vile and tasteless piece of exploitation that is as savage and merciless as anything you could ever wish to see.
This may be too much but might I suggest a double-bill consisting of this and Tom Six’s equally deplorable The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (2011) for a guaranteed overdose of the sickeningly perverse.
Be warned though, it might make you crave the roughest of sandpaper instead of a loofah, the next time you take shower.

Severely cut or outright Banned in most countries around the world, A Serbian Film did however get a completely uncut DVD and Blu-ray release courtesy of Cinematic Vision in both Sweden and Denmark back in 2011 (But since than a lot of retailers in both countries have opted to remove the film from stock... Controversial indeed)
Since the Swedish version was released first, that was the one I picked up and we’re going to take a closer look at the Blu-ray now.
There really isn’t that much to say as the release is a bare-boned affair, I’m afraid but it is 100% uncut which is the most important factor anyway.
The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen, aspect radio 2.35:1 and the print looks fantastic all round.
The soundtrack held in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS-HD and both are highly effective in a forceful and even balanced presentation.
The disc offers subtitles in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish and is a great release from a technical standpoint, at least.
Sadly I don’t know where the English speaking audience can turn for an official and uncensored copy of the film, since even the North American release was cut.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's just a good exploitation film in the vain of of the 70's ..., 5 Nov 2014
It's just a good exploitation film in the vain of of the 70's and 80's video nasties from Italian directors like Ruggero Deodato. No matter how you dress it up its no different to those films and certainly not the most shocking and horrible movie ever made. Ive seen the uncut version and really youre not missing much. If you like silly exploitation cinema you should definitely give it a go. Im pretty sure if Srdjan Spasojevic had admitted right out of the gate that this was the case, and where his obvious inspirations came from then nobody would be trying to debate it's meaning or relevance but just enjoying it for what it is, a solid shlocker
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cut what made this movie real, 6 Feb 2011
This review is from: A Serbian Film [2010] [DVD] (DVD)
The four and a half minutes cut from this movie were important parts that made it as extreme as it was. Just download the screener and don't waste your time on the dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Life of a victim", 27 Nov 2012
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This review is from: A Serbian Film (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
(This review is for the 104 minute uncut version)

A brainy meta-flick containing shocking gore, razor-sharp socio-political symbolism, heart-annihilating family-drama, A+ Production values and at least 4 of the most disturbing, sexually aberrant scenes ever shot, A SERBIAN FILM is exactly what everyone says on BOTH sides of the argument: Depraved and shameful exploitation meets infinitely watchable cult-classic awesome-ness. Love it or hate it, you cannot dispute the overwhelming power and off-the-charts quality control at work.

Most importantly, ASF addresses a question relevant to all fans of extreme-cinema: Why on Earth does any person want to watch another's suffering and obliteration for Entertainment? The lunatic Vukmir is correct that brutal torture and murder sell like crazy in our world. If you're on this product page reading this review, you're likely interested in watching graphic violence and bodily violation from "the comfort of your arm-chair." To feel the thrill of horror with none of the consequences.

A SERBIAN FILM is super-smart sadistic art and, just as the delicious "bread-spread" Vukmir speaks of, perfect beauty derived from filth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT 104mins, 4 Feb 2014
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This review is from: A Serbian Film (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
This advertises that the movie is 104 minutes which would make it the uncut version when in actual fact it is 95 minutes meaning it is the cut version!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ??, 13 Mar 2012
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A Serbian film does indeed push the boundries of cinema, some scenes to many may be un watchable. as i have only watched the cut version (as the uncut is hard to get hold of and lacks english subs) i cant comment on what others have viewed. however to me this is a must see, a beautifully directed work of art, the acting is actually temendous. the child rape to me possibly went abit far and maybe wasnt nessercary, but i doubt it would have had as much impact if the director cut that scene. if your into sick twisted european (hollywood cant make horrors for poo) films then buy this film! just dont let your children get a hold of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for all.., 30 Sep 2011
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I must admit I am a fan of horror films and was looking forward to seeing this and must admit I didnt realise that the films had 4 minutes missing due to the censors!
Despite this this I found the film to be well acted and engrossing, the desent in despair of the main character was well portrayed. yes the film is shocking for most but it was also very enjoyable. Just wonder what was in those missing 4 minutes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of extreme cinema, 15 Jun 2011
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My review is for the uncut version of the film,as the BBFC have chopped this one to bits.I recently bought this version off Amazon for the bonus features and to see what has been cut.It's not good.I was under the impression there would be just some slight trimming here and there(I had been on a website that compared both versions),but this is not the case.Some scenes have been shortened so much that their impact is greatly reduced,to the point in which they may aswell have been removed entirely(specifically the notorious baby scene and the one in which Milos is watching the filmed death of Laylah on the camcorder.In this version,the former scene is trimmed so much so that without Vukmir shouting "Newborn Porn" you wouldn't have assumed the baby was molested,as not enough is shown to even imply this).This makes me really angry,as legions of casual film fans who see this on a shelf in HMV and think it looks interesting,will judge this film on the version they see(and don't forget there is still a warning on the back of the sleeve,thus the content will be unfairly judged as it is not in it's complete format).....the good thing though is that in the spoken introduction the director informs us that this version is actually cut,so people know there is more to this film if they want to seek out the full version.
Before I talk about the film,I would just like to say a few things about the BBFC.Ahem......MOVIE CENSORSHIP IS NOW COMPLETELY REDUNDANT....HELLO PEOPLE....EVER HEARD OF THE INTERNET???!!!!!By heavily censoring a film,you are just going to make people like me more determined to track it down uncut....and it really isn't difficult nowadays!The whole process is so arbitrary,it makes me laugh.For example,when "Ichi The Killer" was first released on these shores,I think something like three or four minutes was cut.It was mostly all the violence towards women-which is fair enough.There was a warning on the sleeve for the films' content and it created a lot of controversy.I can understand all of this.What I CAN'T understand is why,then,would they not object to a film like "Irreversible"(which contains the most savage and prolongued rape/murder I have ever seen on film)?The only warning sign on it's box is for the strobe lighting!Hilarious!!!!Good work BBFC!!!!
Anyway,onto "A Serbian Film".I really didn't have high expectations for this movie because so many of the reviews on the net made it sound like a crummy exploitation film.A film in which the story existed only to drive the carnage.I am really glad I watched it for myself,I found the film to be utterly gripping from start to finish.I don't know how anyone could argue that it isn't a highly immersive movie,there aren't many films I have EVER seen where I have felt such a feeling of imprisonment,where you feel you are trapped in this situation with the main character.Indeed,even after the film had finished,this feeling took a while to shake off.I really felt for Milos aswell,which was another pleasant surprise(some reviewers made it sound like there were no "human" characters in the film),he is a very likeable guy.Down on his luck and just trying to do what's best for his family,he has no idea what he is getting into!
As a massive fan of extreme cinema and someone who actively seeks out repulsive subject matter I am probably not the best person to judge the stronger scenes!But I will say that this film is definitely rough going in places(particularly the horrible ending)and obviously not for those of a weak disposition.A lot of scenes however,sound a lot worse than they actually are.For example,my friend was reading about the film(knowing I had seen it)and when he read about the baby scene,he gave me a very funny look!Of course,when I said it sounds a lot worse than it is,he stared at me even longer!!!!!But it's really true.A previous reviewer likened the scene to something you would see in a Troma film and I couldn't agree more,it is not as bad as it could have been(I am not complaining here,it's bad enough!).Personally,I found the end of the French film "Inside" much,much harder to endure.
Anyway,to conclude,"A Serbian Film" is definitely shocking,disturbing and even downright vile in places,but it is also an original,well-written,impeccably acted and highly engaging story.If you are not turned-off by challenging subject matter,I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!, 21 Nov 2011
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This review is for the US unrated version of "Serbian film". Just a quick word of warning to anyone thinking of buying this version of the movie, is that it may be an unrated version of the movie but it is still not the complete film, the us version was re-cut before it was released.The version that was released in the uk was cut by over 4mins but it still shows more of the deeply disturbing baby rape scene, also the final shocking unmasking of Milos's family has also been shortened in the US print. What you do get more of in the US print is the full on screen murder of Layla which was all but cut from the uk version, also some more brief full frontal nudity and more images of children flashing up during the sex/sexual violence scenes. So as it stands both versions contain footage that was cut from each separate release but neither is complete.
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