20 January 2014 | CinemaClown
Good Intention. Terrible Execution.
Lacking both plot or character development of any sort, Klip presents director Maja Milos' trying to give us a brutal insight into the lives of Serbian youth through a young & troubled teenager named Jasna who likes recording the world around her on her cellphone. Her family life is a mess since her father is dying of a terminal illness while her mother isn't prepared to deal with all of this. Jasna also has a crush on a hooligan who, after getting to know that she will do anything for him, starts taking advantage of her sexually without reciprocating towards her feelings. Throughout the 90 minutes, all we see here is the self-destruction journey that Jasna is on, the drastic measures she takes to fill the emptiness in her life & how little self-respect she has for herself.
I won't blame the director's intent here to present a nihilistic view of a part of today's young generation but the execution is terrible. There is no scene present in the film where we can connect for once with any of the character & near the end when the film tries to do that, it's already too late as we don't care anymore about anyone. The direction isn't that bad, Isidora Simijonovic is fine as Jasna, camera-work is amateur but still passable but the plot & script is just as shallow as its characters. The sex scenes are explicit for no reason whatsoever except for shock value, the pacing is so bad that 100 minutes feel like 3 hours and the rest of the cast is plain dumb.
On an overall scale, Klip had the potential to be an emotionally scarring feature but turned out to be nothing like that. Whatever is thrown in the film to move us, that ill father plot line for example, never really works out. There are glimpses of what it wants to say through those aggressive & reckless attitude of today's teens but it's not done properly. And the film as a whole is so badly scattered into fragments that we don't even feel like putting it all together to make any sense. A waste of your time & money, Klip is a motion picture that goes way too awry in trying to capture whatever it wanted to say or depict. Recommendation? Skip it.