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Still unable to put behind her the unspeakable horrors of the Kosovo War in 1998-1999, a deeply traumatised Serbian-Albanian woman must confront the past to escape the violence, and to learn how to live again.

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Rie Rasmussen

Writer:

Rie Rasmussen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rie Rasmussen ... Adria Shala
Nikola Djuricko ... Srdjan Vasiljevic
Nick Corey Nick Corey ... Shawn Reagan
Vojin Cetkovic Vojin Cetkovic ... Alex
Hiam Abbass ... Mina
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Mohamed
Branislav Lecic Branislav Lecic ... Commander Stojkovic
Ivan Jevtovic Ivan Jevtovic ... Milan
Jean-Pierre Sanchez Jean-Pierre Sanchez ... Omar
Cyril Raffaelli ... Detective Dacae
Daphné Hacquard Daphné Hacquard ... Kameela (as Daphné Hacquart)
Jean-Luc Boucherot ... Michaël
Vladimir Posavec Vladimir Posavec ... Dario
Branislav Tomasevic Branislav Tomasevic ... Captain Plavcic
Dany Benedito Dany Benedito ... Mrs. Mordeaux
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In Marseille, the young Serbian-Albanian Adria Shala is an illegal immigrant traumatized by her past. Every now and then Adria recalls her life in Kosovo, when she was saved from rape by a deserter called Srdjan Vasiljevic in 1999. They move to Belgrade where Srdjan becomes a gangster, dealing weapons and becoming an assassin. Adria learns how to shoot and helps Srdjan with his work at first, becoming his mistress later. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Barriers Around, the Limits Within. See more »

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Country:

France

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English | Serbian | French | Albanian

Release Date:

2 September 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Serbia

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Right Up There With . . .
20 November 2016 | by leppjessearnoldSee all my reviews

This is a brilliant film. The sort of film you watch and then, well, in the old days, rewind the video cassette and watch it again. Maybe one more time before you start to slowly make a judgement concerning it, the characters it has just revealed to you, on the politics of it all. In any case you don't move from the couch until you can get a hold of everything in it. You pay the late-charges for the video rental because you had to watch it one more time the next evening. It's beautiful, violent and musical, sexual thoughtful conflicted and emotional. At its heart is a cold hard truth about watching it. It's a film that's hard to believe is a directorial debut (I believe there is an earlier short film by Rie Rasmussen) and it's a film that has to be seen to be believed no matter what is said about it, bad or good. Kubrick could do it, Tarantino has done it, Rie Rasmussen can do it (and I hope she'll do it again). Once in a while you get a film where the soundtrack the dialogue and the visuals create an engrossing whole. My example is always Bladerunner (Director's Cut). This is right up there with the best films of all time.


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