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Bor, Serbia, once the largest copper mine, now just the biggest hole in Europe. Small union protests are going on. Toda and Stefan are best friends, skaters, who spend their first summer after finishing high school. Stefan's going to Belgrade to the University in fall. Toda says he wouldn't apply to the University even if he had the money. They spend time shooting "Jackass-like" videos and hanging out with Dunja, who came back from France for her holidays, and get into a quiet battle for her attention. In that strange relationship of dying friendship and rivalry they try to get ahead of each other. But when small union protest evolves into a huge riot their destructiveness will tie them together.Written by
Masterpiece social critique, portraying deprived youth living amidst transition
Throughout the film, the self-destructive behavior of young punks playing the leading roles doesn't have a purpose or a goal as making a cool video clips or proving themselves to each other, but rather is a manifestation of the ongoing deprivation and failure to identify one-selves within the systems in which they are raised. The reason to this self-destruction becomes obvious upon later moments in the film, when their lives collide with an actual system.
The protests organized besides the main plot at the beginning may seem as an aesthetic addition to the dystopian atmosphere, while afterwards it becomes clear that the protests of their parents very logically intermingle their self-destructive behavior, even though none of the two might realize the connection.
The catharsic moment for me was entrance to the supermarket of a crew of skateboarders that accidentally found themselves in a passing-by protest, randomly knocking over things from the shelves, seemingly goalleslly destroying and consuming all found in their ways. This is obviously to symbolize the opposition towards the way the system is heading trying to organize and make orderly their lives, which outside the supermarket, or the employment bureau for that matter, are nothing like the capitalistic comfort these institutions promise.
The following scene happens in a room that has a dead-end street sign on the wall, an eye-candy additional to the preceeding scene, where the conversation is held between the friends, out of which one stole some oranges from the store being trashed, the act that the other denoted as unnecessary. The act of trashing the supermarket thus wasn't the act aiming to make any real damage to the actual store owner or chain, but it was rather a symbolic act against the seemingly orderly system that is being imposed, but failing to provide anything that would even cover over the initial lack. To prove his point, one of the two leaves the room and crashes the car of a friend who opposed the first at being so harsh against stealing the oranges.
To make a conclusion, all the acts in the film might seem completely disorderly, random, chaotic and very lifelike, but if one starts identifying and analyzing rather than enjoying the images for themselves, one might also realize the majestic connections and artistically great comments on societal, economical and financial situation among youth in a transitional country like Serbia, and the way the current situation might affect their lives and development.
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