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The Trap

Die Falle

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In order to pay for a life-saving operation for his son, a quite normal man signs a pact with the devil and becomes a solitary murderer.
The deed soon starts hounding Mladen: keeping the secret from his wife forces him into a kind of emotional poker, and his conscience also doesn't cooperate very long in this betrayal of his own moral standards. A "Balkan version of 'Crime and Punishment'", as director Srdan Golubovic writes, set against the backdrop of a transition process gone awry: "a modern 'film noir' about post-Milosevic Serbia, where there is no more war, just a moral and existential desert." Golubovic vividly dissects the personality transformations from the perspective of a confession, always showing great respect for his protagonists. With its distinctive language of images, which finds a style of its own between close-ups and the representation of urban architecture, the film reveals an artistic approach to the theme that points beyond empty metaphors at the personal quality of the story - a story whose pull can't be refused.
Bernd Buder

Serbia / Germany / Hungary 2007, 106 min


Srdan Golubovic


Nebojsa Glogovac
Anica Dobra
Miki Manojlovic
Natasa Ninkovic
Marko Durovic
Dejan Cukic
Vuk Kostic

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