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The Trap
The Trap
Actors: Neboj a Glogovac, Nata a Ninkovi, Anica Dobra, Miki Manojlovi, Marko Durovi
Director: Srdan Golubovic
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2008     1hr 55min

Post-Milosevic Belgrade is the capital of a nation struggling to find its soul, of a country whose turbulence has left many in a moral and existential desert. This is the home of Mladen, his wife Marija and their son Neman...  more »


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Actors: Neboj a Glogovac, Nata a Ninkovi, Anica Dobra, Miki Manojlovi, Marko Durovi
Director: Srdan Golubovic
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Pop, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Film Movement
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/02/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 55min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Serbo-Croatian

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Movie Reviews

Analyzing the Heart (inside and out)
Erika Borsos | Gulf Coast of FL, USA | 11/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a chilling, thought-provoking, densely packed, highly emotionally charged and gripping film about personal choices and the consequences that follow. Set in Serbia after the most recent Balkan War, it is a time of inflation, competition and corruption. It difficult for an average, middle-class working family to cover the costs of an exorbitantly high surgical procedure, a life-saving one which is only available in Germany. The Pavlovic family, Mladen (the dad) and Marija (the mom) learn their only child, a son Nemanja who is a swimming champion at the local elementary school has a serious heart condition which is life-threatening. The doctor explained he will continue to have heart seizures without warning and may eventually die unexpectedly from one. Mladen, the father is a supervisor at what was the most prominent Civil Engineering Firm under the old regime but it has fallen on hard times and needs an infusion of foreign investment to remain competitive and successful. Marija is a high school English teacher. Together they make just enough money for a comfortable life in Belgrade, living in a large apartment building meeting their financial obligations month to month and from paycheck to paycheck.

The family is unable to secure a bank loan, having no collateral. They are anxiety ridden, feeling totally helpless backed against an insurmountable wall, unable to help their only child. The director uses the camera to maximum effect, shooting close shots of facial expressions and using long shots to capture the grimness of cityscapes. There is a stark local park and children's playground nearby where Nemanja meets a spoiled, precocious little girl from a wealthy family, close to his age. Mladen exchanges pleasantries with her mother as they children become friends ...

Marija takes out an ad in the local newspaper asking for donations to meet the cost of the surgery to save her son's life. Mladen is not happy his wife took this drastic step to expose their personal problem to the world. Mladen feels trapped with no way out ... until he receives an anonymous phone call offering him 30,000 Euro (exactly the cost of the operation and traveling expenses) to do an execution. Mladen has no idea who the victim will be and mulls over the idea. He concludes he has no way out but to accept this offer ... It is after this point that Mladen attempts to hide his secret but his life keeps unraveling, thread by thread as his emotions are erratic and uncontrollable. He makes a second fatal decision ... This is an amazingly outstanding and sensitive film which explores a difficult subject, creating mystery, suspense, drama and a power-packed resolution. It is most highly recommended. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
A Stunning Film You'll Not Forget
Ronald Chase Sf Film | San Francisco, CA USA | 08/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If there is possibly a positive result of the terrible wars that disintegrated Yugoslavia, it is that the film makers from this former nation have been facing the truths it brought them square on, and creating some of the most memorable, moving and stunning films that are being made in Europe today.

Certainly very high on the list of these remarkable accomplishments is THE TRAP, a tense, emotionally powerful study of the consequences of violence on the individual, and the way that an act against one's core principles, even for the most understandable and sympathetic reason, can begin to destroy utterly one's sense of self.

It's one thing to have a great theme for a film, it's another to be able to realize it so consistently--with deep performances, suspenseful rhythms, stunning camerawork, and a consistency of tone that equals the finest films. The only recent film I can recall that left the same sort of admiration in me is the Russian film THE RETURN -- very different in subject matter and technique, but both films share a sense of remarkable artistic integrity that is really hard to find in films today.

Another virtue that makes THE TRAP so rewarding is the tightness of the its script, and that its events move relentlessly forward like the very best thrillers. But instead of concentrating on the "adrenalin excesses" of the American models, it fixes its attention on the emotional turmoil of its hero--that turmoil is what gives the film so much of its powerful feelings, and why I want to recommend it so highly.

Begs the question: what would you do?
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 03/02/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The 2007 Serbian/Hungary dramatic film The Trap is a film that most certainly provokes the moral question: would you murder a stranger to save the life of your child? Most anyone with or without children have a possibility of being in this same situation and I believe that most people would answer it with a simple yes or no. After you watch the film, you may come out with a more clear answer to the question.

The story focuses on a young father, Mladen (Nebojsa Glogovac) and his wife Marija (Natasa Ninkoviæ) have learned their son is burdened with a life-threatening situation if he does not get surgery soon. The family has no means to pay the exorbitant amount of money for surgery and the sum is what the insurance does not cover. So, a shocking proposition is made to the father that will save his son's life. He is to kill a stranger for the money. Mladen takes on the proposal without his wife's knowledge, which further complicates the marriage.

Plenty of emotional and dramatic action takes place, with some twists and turns, and he is in serious deep doodoo, where he cannot dig himself out.

Deep, dark and with fascination of the human spirit, the protagonist's proposition soon isolates him, he is dark and lonely, and in sheer desperation and guilt. There are plenty of closeups to show his tortured face. The film has won some awards and it is based on a book. See it.....Rizzo
The Trap
Diana K | Glendale CA | 03/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Trap, to me, is such a heart rendering story that brought me to tears. Mr. Glgovac did a wonderful job of a man in a delicate situation & was most believable as a devoted husband with morals that he had to decide his what to do. His wife delivered a great profile of her support but could not settle the delema.
A note on box that it is all in Serbian would help a potential buyer. I am lucky I could cope woth both.
Serbian is spoken much faster than when I was last in the country. When watching this film be sure you can concentrate with no interuptions."