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Actors: Mario Drmac, Mirjana Karanovic and Jeanne Moreau, Tarlik Filipovic, Rade Serdedzija
Director: Ahmed Imamovic
Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Set during the brutal ethnic wars of the 1990s, GO WEST follows the sotry of two young lovers, Kenan a muslim cellist and Milan a Serbian student, as they try to flee the fighting around them and the daily discrimination t... more »
Yugoslavia on DVD
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 12/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
Yugoslavia on DVD
Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride
We rarely get to see films from Yugoslavia and even rarer is a gay film from there. Thanks to WaterBearer Films, we will soon have the opportunity to see "Go West". It is a story set in the 90â(tm)s when the Yugoslav Federation falls apart because of wars. Milan is a perpetual student from Serbia, a patriarchal community. Kenan is a Muslim cellist and the two men are a gay couple living together in Sarajevo. Their lives are changed forever by the invasion of the oppression in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The devastating consequences cause hatred for minority groups. The lovers manages to escape and take refuge with Milanâ(tm)s father as they attempt to get to the Netherlands, Milan is forced, due to the hatred espoused toward Muslims, to disguise Kenan as a woman and presents him as his wife, Milena. Suddenly Milan is drafted and the situation becomes that more unbearable.
Here is a powerful combination of genocide and cinema. The film predicts that homosexuals will continue to be hated and the movie has been condemned by the government of Yugoslavia as well as by political leaders. The film does not just deal with the future of Yugoslavia but with the future of humanity. It is not just about love between two men but it also about the conflict between savagery and mercy in Serbia. The horrific scenes we see remind us of power of compassion, love and humor. Here is a movie that is not just about war but about peace as well.
Here is a powerful story about love and hate reaching across ethnic and religious boundaries. Told in flashback as Milan is being interviewed by a French journalist, we watch Yugoslavia being torn apart as ethnic groups espies their hatred and begin killing each other.
The portrayal of the oppression and discrimination that was present in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Here was oppression against Muslims and gays. When you see what hatred can do, you realize how we must proceed in life to avoid it at all costs
Tender Yet Hard-Edged
DY Sanik | 07/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The story of a Serbian and a Muslim cellist who love during the horrible warring years as Yugoslavia divided. Chilling the deliberateness of the hate and violence, but their love transcends their environment even when it turns against them. This is a heavy drama, yet a slice of reality from so many peoples lives, both alive and now dead. The fatalist and pragmatic humour throughout is a welcome mitigating factor, that makes you smile many times. The film does not in any way predict gays will continue to be hated. Or that they were hated, it does not even reference that specifically. There is conflict when the jealousy of a woman, who wished to have Kenan for herself and not let anyone else have him, came to a dangerous head. Don't be put off by suggestions this is a political or controversionally gay film, as it is not. What objections to the film came from those who didn't want the Bosnian tragedy to be represented in any way by a gay story, when of course, there were gays during that time who survived, and why shouldn't their story to be told? Why should there only be allowed stories told by hetero characters or survivors?
It's the story of two lovers and what specifically happened to one. It had few political messages in it, except when Milan's friend at the end ironically says, "Look at us, we are still fighting in the hills like medieval times when other countries are making computer chips!" This is essentially a story of someone who did what he had to to survive, and the regrets they felt afterward when that love is lost. It is a HUMAN story. This film received MANY awards and commendations around the world, and was considered groundbreaking and poignant by many governments. Again, its no matter if you are GBLT or hetero: survival and keeping your humanity is one of the most important things of life. An outstanding film, but not what I expected to see, yet it was as I have experienced life. You are what you are. You don't have to be anything but that, whatever it is, however it is. There are often hard things, and you have to do things you might not ordinarily have done, and endure suffering in hopes to finally find a kind of peace. The climax of the film is shocking, and the message and characters will stay a long time in your thoughts.
Nudity, non-com hetero sex scene, suggested castration so be aware there are very mature themes. No gay sex scenes, only moderate kisses. One perceives it is the modesty of the east Europe, but for me, it was OUTSTANDINGLY necessary because of the progress of the story. The gay relationship was shown as loving, normal as breathing, a solid relationship of companionship and attraction. The relationship between father-in-law and "daughter-in-law" truly shows that gender does not have to matter in expression of fellowship and caring when a child chooses a partner. Too often gay relationships are represented in film and media as uneven, unbalanced or emotionally unhealthy. This one does well in showing that GBLT couples can and do feel and behave just like other couples.
Notable performances by Rade ?ERBEDZIJA, his performance is truly tremendous, you feel in viewing what he goes through. Simply excellent! And the main character the story revolves around, Kenan Dizdar, played by Mario DRMAÆ is unforgettable. The winner of numerous awards, whether you are GBLT or not, if you like a mesmerizing drama about the endurance of the human soul, Go West is a valuable addition to any open-minded collection."