17 March 2004 | Panon
Sacred cow of Sarajevo demise
This is a collaborative project, a short film with Slovenian production, Serbian director, and Bosnian screenwriter and cast. A snapshot of gloomy and bizarre life in Sarajevo during the 90's siege. Local choir members try to make their way through the tunnel to the other side, and eventually reach Paris where they are to perform. They are delayed when neighbor's cow gets sick and determined to help her survive and potentially save lives of many she feeds. In the midst of the terrible demise, people join together to do a small but noble deed risking their own safety, everyone helping as they can.
The film is knitted with dark humor, so typical for the region, that exposes humans inside shadowy creatures worn out by their suffering. Well crafted, solid performances. However, it does not bring much new into the equation (see "No Man's Land", etc.), although it does keep a safe distance from risky political references (unlike "No Man's Land", and "Lepa sela lepo gore", for example). The last scene is a gem, as well as the one with the dogs.