Watch: A Serbian Film DVD

 

 

Released
this week on DVD and Blu-ray by Invincible Pictures, the NC-17 rated sex/torture
porn flick ain’t exactly one to watch with the kids. (Warning: film trailer
below is fairly graphic.)

 

By Jonah Flicker

A Serbian Film’s director, Srdjan Spasojevic, was bestowed a rare honor after the film was
screened a few years ago at a festival in Spain – a charge of exhibiting child
pornography and an arrest warrant issued by a Spanish prosecutor. Defenders of
free speech and fellow purveyors of torture porn, including Eli Roth, were
completely outraged by the charge. But it must be said that, while obviously
none of the scenes depicted are real and the movie is definitely not a snuff
film, A Serbian Film is by far one of the most extreme examples of the
torture porn genre. It’s a very difficult film to watch, all the more so for
the fact that it’s actually fairly well made, shot brilliantly and woven
together expertly by its provocateur director. It rolls along ominously for the
first 30 to 40 minutes, showing nothing more shocking than explicit sex that
stops just short of actual penetration. But when the film hits, it hits hard
and shies away from very little. If you find the concepts of murder by blowjob,
decapitation during sex, and newborn porn disgusting, you are probably a fairly
well balanced person. But you should also not watch this film, and perhaps you
should stop reading this review now.

 

 

Srdjan Todorovic plays
Milos, a retired porn actor who is trying to
lead a normal family life, even if his young son occasionally finds and plays
one of his sex DVDs in the living room. Just when he thought he was out, he
gets sucked right back in – pun definitely intended – by a sinister character
called Vukmir (Sergej Trifunovic), who is attempting to make art out of porn,
or vice versa. He gives Milos very little
details as to the plot of the film he’s making, asking him to sign the contract
blind so that his motivation will be natural and pure. Milos agrees, but soon
regrets it. As they begin filming, unsettling scenarios play out, involving a
woman who may not be just acting like she’s been severely beaten, and her
pre-teen daughter who watches Milos as he
performs. By the time he’s decided he’s had enough, it’s too late. After being
drugged with a “cattle aphrodisiac,” the violent sexual carnage really gets
going in a shocking and disturbing manner.

 

 

 

Many scenes of the
most extreme gore and graphic sex have been trimmed in order for the film to
find distribution, including the aforementioned newborn porn scene and the
horrifying climax. Even though it’s all smoke and mirrors, as is the nature of
the medium, the actions playing out are despicable and beyond disturbing. There
is undoubtedly a point here, at least in the mind of the director, which
probably has something to do with the violent and sexual nature of our society,
and our complicity in it as both an audience and a consumer. Despite all of
this, it’s sometimes hard to see what all the fuss is about. The movie uses
graphic but rather cheesy special effects to make its point, a tradition dating
back to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, stretching through the Troma Studios
output all the way to the Saw franchise. Each time something new comes
along to push the boundaries, there is blowback. A Serbian Film happens
to take it much farther than ever before, but such is the nature of provocative
art. It’s hard to see a redeeming social value through all the blood, violent
sex, and cringeworthy imagery, but that’s not necessarily the responsibility of
any film director. The only real responsibility a director has is to make a
picture that’s coherent and entertaining, and A Serbian Film at least
achieves the former.

 

Director:
Srdjan Spasojevic

Cinematographer:
Nemanja Jovanov

Stars:
Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic

 

View
the full trailer at
www.invinciblepictures.com

 

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