21 February 2003 | dima-12
Zivanovic`s ride into the sunset
RVZA is the final film in Zivanovic`s opus. His demise began after the political prosecution of his UZROK SMRTI NE POMINJATI. Afterwards he made two exploitation pictures that were extremely bankable due to their folk music appeal and partly funded by certain Yugoslav factories that were located in regions where these features were filmed.
RVZA is the third film in that mould and certainly the weakest. From the craftsmanshiop point of view, RVZA looks better than NAIVKO, when it comes to pacing and editing but Juan Ferro`s coloring patterns reached the low in this film.
The story follows romantic life of country girl Andjelija who tries to pursue a career in folk music. She is desperately in love with local poet and pipe player. Her evil mother, the owner of local motel engages her to a low key redneck waiter and cruel folk music managers try to sexually abuse her...
This essentially dark story is done as a comedy like most of the Communist films that depict life in the Serbian countryside.
If RVZA wasn`t made as a comedy, it would have been a poignant ethic fable in the Paul Schrader vein. But as it is, it is a broad Zivanovic flop.
RVZA is Zivanovic`s last picture.