The acclaimed debut feature by celebrated filmmaker Emir Kusturica is a bittersweet coming-of-age tale set amidst the uproar of 1960's Sarajevo. As Hollywood movies begin to find their way into the country, sixteen year-old Dino becomes seduced by the glamour of the gangster films that flash before his eyes at the local cinema and he decides to follow a life of crime. Falling in with a band of petty crooks, Dino's future seems set until a liaison with local prostitute Dolly Bell turns his world upside down in a way not even the movies could have prepared him for.
- Do You Remember Dolly Bell review by MW
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A delightful comedy in which the ever playful Serbian director Emir Kusturica boldly pokes fun at communism (the film was made nine years before the fall of the Berlin Wall) by reducing it to a symbolic, dysfunctional family. A drunken, whimsical father periodically summons his family to the kitchen table to try and improve their lot by aping meetings of the local party hierarchy. Absurd and inconclusive instructions are issued to the family while his younger son is hoiked out of bed to take the minutes. Determined attempts at hypnotism by an older, teenage son - the movie's central figure who falls for a beguiling local trollop - are set against his father's dogmatic ravings. It's a none too subtle observation of life under dictatorship beautifully told and gloriously chaotic.