A SERBIAN FILM Review [Is it as disturbing as you’ve heard?]

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Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic, 2010
Written by Aleksandar Radivojevic, Srdjan Spasojevic

A SERBIAN FILM has only been shown around the world a handful of times, but I have no doubt that you’ve heard about the film.  Its rarity certainly hasn’t hurt its early reputation as being a film that cannot be unseen, a film so shocking that it might technically be illegal for it to be shown in the United States.  So the first question anyone has about the film is likely going to be whether or not it is as shocking and extreme as they’ve heard.  The short, easy answer is yes.  Yes, it is.

It’s been a good while since I’ve seen SERBIAN FILM and I still can’t scrap its images and ideas out of my mind’s eye.  I’m honestly not sure I ever will be able to.  Saying that will only galvanize more people toward wanting to see it for themselves, and I understand that instinct, but I personally have absolutely no desire to ever watch it again.  But before I get to precisely why I’m fine with only having seen the film a single time, let’s talk about what Srdjan Spasojevic’s directorial debut is about.

Milos used to be a porn star.  He’s done everything he can to break from that decadent world and be a simple father.  But virtuous money isn’t easy to come by, particularly when he is still widely considered to have the best dick in Serbia.  His ability to get hard and stay hard is legendary, which is precisely why an underground porn director named Vukmir wants him for this next masterpiece.  Vukmir refuses to tell Milos what kind of a porn movie he’s making out of fear that it’ll render his performance inauthentic, a contractual caveat that gives the star cause for concern.  But the money is just too good.  And thus begins Milos’ hellish odyssey.

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