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No Man's Land (2001)

Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.

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Cast

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Filip Sovagovic ...
Cera
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Serge-Henri Valcke ...
Dubois
Sacha Kremer ...
Michel
Alain Eloy ...
Pierre
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Old Serbian soldier
Bogdan Diklic ...
Serbian officer
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Martha
Branko Zavrsan ...
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Djuro Utjesanovic ...
Bosnian guide
Mirza Tanovic ...
Bosnian officer
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Storyline

After various skirmishes, two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, confront each other in a trench in the no man's land between their lines. They wait for dark, trading insults and even finding some common ground; sometimes one has the gun, sometimes the other, sometimes both. Things get complicated when another wounded Bosnian comes to, but can't move because a bouncing mine is beneath him. The two men cooperate to wave white flags, their lines call the UN (whose high command tries not to help), an English reporter shows up, a French sergeant shows courage, and the three men in no man's land may or may not find a way to all get along. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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soldier | mine | serb | trench | booby trap | See All (41) »

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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19 September 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ničija zemlja  »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,645 (USA) (7 December 2001)

Gross:

$1,059,830 (USA) (24 May 2002)
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When the disposal expert examines the bomb his visor is up. See more »

Quotes

Chiki: Do you even know what's the difference between a pessimist and an optimist?
Nino: No, what?
Chiki: A pessimist thinks things can't be worse. An optimist knows they can.
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Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Njemo Kolo
by Mirsad Tukic
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As far as I'm concerned, this may very well be the finest film on the subject of war - or conflict in general - that was ever made
6 January 2014 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

In the case of this movie, the Oscar was well deserved. The film was nominated in the wrong category, though ('Best Foreign Language Film'). It should have been up for 'Best Picture', 'Best Original Screenplay', 'Best Director - and it should have won all of those. As far as I'm concerned, this may very well be the finest film on the subject of war

  • or conflict in general - that was ever made. I've never seen anything


similar; this film manages to show so many aspects of war, of human nature; it somehow manages to capture the essence of something that is inexplicable. Truly one of a kind and a must-see. And don't think for one second that this is some pretentious drivel or slow art-house fare
  • this is very much the opposite. 10 out of 10.




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