23 August 2005 | evukic
Doesn't live up to expectations
De Enclave is a prototype of a Dutch product, that over dramatizes the Dutch's own emotional discomfort, in this case with the Srebrenica affair.
About the acting: Ramsey Nasr plays Ibro Hadzic, an interpretor for the Hague War Tribunal. We seldomly hear him speak Serbocroatian though and if he does say a few words then they are clearly not authentic. His Dutch in the movie is also far too good for someone that has only lived in Holland for a few years, there is no Yugoslav accent whatsoever which is not realistic. Hadzic's emotions seem unreal and too 'acted' to me. For instance, when he detects a familiar face (I wont tell who) on a video he sees, he must know what later happened to this person. His reaction to that knowledge, however, is acted very poorly. The actor that plays Darko Bokan, Frank Lammers, does a much better job, as usual. One of the best actors in The Netherlands and always very good in handling foreign languages. The mistake that was made with him is that they let him speak with a Serbian accent despite him playing a Bosnian Serb. Bosnian Serbs, just like any other group in Bosnia, have Bosnian accents.
About the movie: The movie itself tries to portray how awful and nasty the situation for the Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica was at that time, it partially succeeds by showing flashbacks & video footage that seem realistic. But because of the over dramatization in -mainly Nasr's- acting, the movie never started living up to my expectations. The Dutch role and responsibility are not exposed enough. The movie does try to show that more could/should have been done, and how incompetent many people are that are supposed to be protecting people in need, but this could have been accomplished much better had the actors, except from Lammers, delivered a better job.
To compare this movie to Schindler's List goes too far. 1) Schindler had courage, the Dutch didn't. 2) In the Bosnia war, there was not one single group that was exterminated by the other. In this movie we never get to hear what had been going on in Srebrenica for a long time. Understandable, since thats not the movie's purpose, but had that been more exposed, people wouldn't be making comparisons like these.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend the movie to anyone. Though on the other hand its truthful character makes it worthwhile watching for anyone that has no clue what "Srebrenica" is about.