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I always had a weak spot for Michael Winterbottom so I was really eager to check this flick. Even though I have always admired this director, there was still something that always bothered me with this guy though. Indeed, like some other directors such as Woody Allen or Steven Soderbergh, the guy is pretty much a workhaolic, making at least 1 movie every year, sometimes even 2. As a result, most of his movies start with a promising concept but they usually end up being half-baked, at least, that’s my opinion and this flick is a perfect example. At the time, it was probably his most ambitious project (it was in fact the very first feature film about the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it was even shot just a few months after the war on locations in Sarajevo and Croatia) and it was definitely an interesting feature. I also enjoyed how realistic and grim the whole thing was. So, the set-up was really good but, unfortunately, I didn’t care much about the main plot. Sure, it was based on a real story but I strongly believe, with such realistic tales, that you should put the focus on the locals, not on some Western foreigner. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, it still think it is a pretty good flick and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested by this subject.
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