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The Hornet (1998)

Strsljen (original title)
A noir love story between a Serbian girl and a mysterious young Albanian set against the backdrop of recent Balkan conflicts.


Gorcin Stojanovic
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergej Trifunovic ... Miljaim / assassin-Abaz's brother
Mirjana Jokovic ... Adrijana
Dragan Jovanovic ... Boban Djordjevic / Inspektor
Branimir Popovic ... Abaz / Inspektor-Miljaim's brother
Meto Jovanovski Meto Jovanovski ... Avdija
Ljubisa Samardzic ... Profesor Lane Sekularac
Enver Petrovci Enver Petrovci ... Salih
Mirko Vlahovic Mirko Vlahovic ... Redzepi
Dragan Petrovic-Pele Dragan Petrovic-Pele ... Peter Helmer / Inspektor (as Dragan Petrovic)
Milos Timotijevic ... Emin
Dragan Maksimovic Dragan Maksimovic ... Azem
Milutin Micovic Milutin Micovic ... Brka
Gordana Pavlov Gordana Pavlov ... Usnija
Milan Kalinic Milan Kalinic ... Gerd
Vojin Cetkovic Vojin Cetkovic ... Taksista


Adrijana (Jokovic), daughter of a Serbian teacher (Samardzic), falls for Miljaim (Trifunovic), believing him to be a dashing Italian businessman. At first their life together is happy, but as Miljaim makes them move around all the time, Adrijana eventually demands an explanation. Miljaim gives in and starts speaking in Serbian, explaining who he actually is - a professional assassin. Despite this, their love is too strong to end over this, and they stay together. Soon however, the young couple must face consequences of their love. The title Strsljen (Serbian for "Hornet") comes from Miljaim's assassin name. Ironically, Miljaim's brother Abaz (Popovic), happens to be a high ranking police officer who's trying to find out the identity of the feared Hornet and catch him before he can commit a politically-based murder in Kosovo and possibly trigger a new conflict. Written by ereinion

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Serbian | Albanian | English

Release Date:

24 February 1998 (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Frelon See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Supposedly set in Switzerland, all cars have Italian registration plates. See more »

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Boring and unrealistic.
16 December 2014 | by petarmaticSee all my reviews

This film was made in 1998 during the height of Albanian-Serbian conflict over Kosovo.

First the plot is so unrealistic that it made me sick to my stomach. These things do not happen in the real life in that part of the world. So, I am sorry the film makers of this film you are outdated with this film, well it is almost 15 years since this film was made.

Acting is good. These actors really tried to make something out of this film, and for that we should commend them.

It is amazing how much has changed since this film in the political terms. Kosovo is now an independent country, it has been for more then 10 years, Serbia has no influence there at all.

Skip this film, it is not worth watching.

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