Film Reviews, Short Review

Ničija Zemlja [No Man’s Land] (2001)

3.5/4

Two soldiers from opposing sides are trapped in a trench inbetween enemy lines, with another lying atop a mine that is set to go off as soon as he moves. Though it sounds a slightly absurd premise, Danis Tanovic’s Oscar-winning No Man’s Land functions as an excellent microcosm of the Bosnian war, with the two sides stuck in a cycle of petty recriminations, ensuring any attempts at reconciliation are quickly suffocated, whilst the UN looks on, mostly helpless and, frankly, uninterested in helping anybody except its own safety and ego. It is a tragicomic film and full of irony, and one of the best post-war works from the former Yugoslavia.

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