Two dewey-faced, clever 16 year old boys, Pinki and Kraut, who come of age during the war torn early 1990s in Serbia--a period of moral and material disaster for the nation--look for role models and heroes on the TV talk s... more »how 'The Street Pulse' (a real program in Belgrade) where gangsters are treated as rock stars. Soon they become apprentices to one of their local mobsters and master the use of remorseless violence to achieve the power, wealth and fame they crave. The boys quickly and willingly take over their mentor's nihilistic operations yet still maintain their childish antics and a need to prove their toughness. When one boy seriously wounds the other because of a misunderstanding, their unwritten rule means that he will be repaid bullet for bullet.« less
"I first saw this movie in 1998 in Belgrade. The situation in Belgrade at that time was quite as dark as the movie itself is.The plot is about two boys, growing up during the Milosevic regime in Yugoslavia. It is the time of great disappointment in Serbia; disappointment with the Western world (remember the NATO bombardments in 1999), disappointment with socialism, disappointment with humanity. The kids watch their parents falling from the middle class society into the lower class - a class that did not exist before Milosevic in Serbia. They realize that the only way how to avoid a life in poverty is crime. However, the movie shows how crime had not been condemned but glorified at that time, since gangsters aside politicians formed (form) the upper class in Milosevic's Serbia. Although the movie starts with the words "this movie is dedicated to the 'post-tito generation'", refering to people born after 1980, you will be surprised by the deapth of its meaning. The Wounds is a masterpiece truly worth seeing."
Sick, amoral serb kids
Arthur R. Blose | Hummelstown PA | 05/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this at the 1999 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, and it was probably the most riveting and memorable thing I saw there (with the exception of "Buttoners"). We're used to our own amoral, rudderless youth in America, but the dysfunctional families, violence and cruelty set in today's Serbia gives one who has watched Milosevitch and the brutality of 90's Yugoslavia a new and interesting perspective. Both hilarious and shocking, this is a must see (but not at this price, wait awhile)."
Disturbing and poignant
DonBelgrado | 04/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I watched wounds after having it show up on my recommendations page. It is a disturbing film about 2 young boys joining a "life of crime" in war torn kosovo. The film is less about crime than about the glorification of violence and the naturalization of violence and dispair in war torn countries. There are some surprising plot twists and the treatment of women, all supporting characters, is worth discussion. The end is expected and yet the way they get there is not.the basics: three boys living in the same neighborhood encounter a "criminal" near the beginning of the film. two of the boys get sucked into his life of drugs and crime, while the third is humiliated by them on three key occassions. The third boy's mother runs a talk show meets larry king tv program and is addicted to violence, turned on by it. Her role, though small, is pivotal. other small parts: the disenfranchised father of the main character who spent his whole life in the army only to be retired just before the war, the second boy's grandmother who is endearing, amusing and utterly clueless (they get her hooked on drugs), and the "criminal's" girlfriend who starts out with a music career, descends into drug addiction and then manages to get herself clean but not in a movie of the week sort of way."
""Wounds" is fantastic; The movie is capable of rivaling even the best of what Hollywood can offer. "Wounds" was one of the fun movies and in the same time very seriously movie abouth growing two young kids in country without perspective. In Milosevic's Yugoslavia. The only one way is way of crime. In one moment you will cry , in the another you will laugh. This movie will back you to past, for ten years and in two hour will show you what hapend with yougolsav kids in this ten years.Look this movie and see the pain of serbian people in the time of Milosevic, War, nomoney."
Truly amazing film!
J. Stephen Riley Silber | Seattle, WA USA | 12/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this film at the 1999 Seattle International Film Festival, and I've been trying to find it here in the States ever since.This is a fantastic film! Set against a background of Yugoslavia over the last decade, the film is a great blend of personal character growth (er, well, growth is used tongue in cheek) and political history.Advertising for this film was banned in Yugoslavia, and it still shattered box-office records. This is a fine film!"