In the Land of Blood and Honey 2011 R CC

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In the first feature film from writer-director Angelina Jolie, a Muslim woman and a Serb policeman find themselves trapped in a complex relationship during the Bosnian War.

Starring:
Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic
Runtime:
2 hours 7 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Romance
Director Angelina Jolie
Starring Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic
Supporting actors Rade Serbedzija, Vanessa Glodjo, Nikola Djuricko, Branko Djuric, Fedja Stukan, Alma Terzic, Jelena Jovanova, Ermin Bravo, Boris Ler, Goran Jevtic, Ermin Sijamija, Milos Timotijevic, Jasna Beri, Aleksandar Djurica, Dzana Pinjo, Petar Vidovic, Faruk Pruti, Dolya Gavanski
Studio FilmDistrict
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I gave the movie one star because I couldn't give it less.
Vesna L.
That is a very interesting perspective, but the film does not succeed in making it an intelligible perspective.
Brian C.
All in war a very brutal, but realistic depiction of another bloody war in history.
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful By GreatMovieCriticForever on December 23, 2011
Format: DVD
I was invited to see this film back in July. At the time it was a secret screening. They wouldn't tell us the name of the movie, let alone who directed it. When I find out later it was directed by Angelina Jolie , I was impressed.

She did a great job capturing the atrocities of war and the lowest depths of humanity here. The movie basically shows us the events leading to, during, and after the Bosnian war from the perspective of a Serb and a Bosnian who as it so happens are lovers.

The lovers are Ajla and Danijel both excellently played by Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic . At first Danijel is very hesitant about carrying his orders as a Serb soldier. At first, but this doesn't last long.
He either carries out or orders other members of his team to carry some barbaric actions on the Bosnian civilians they find from either rape, torture, to eventual death.

When you see what happens you are going instantly think back to the Nazi's and what they did to Jews in the name of ethnic cleansing.

Eventually, we see through Danijel's lead, genocide being committed at every turn. Ajla is captured, but she is treated like royalty (again at first) with no one else being able to touch or come near here except Danijel.

This love story though has no happy ending as Ajla sees Danijel for what he is, not an unwilling participant in the war, but an active and willing agitator in one of the most chronicled bloodbaths recorded in Europe.

"In the land of Blood and Honey" is a superb war movie showing the type of atrocities that the Serbs were accused off while the United Nations and United States did nothing to stop it until the end.

Angelina Jolie's second directorial debut is impressive.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ABB on March 16, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
An amazing writing/directorial debut by angelina jolie. The actor's were phenomenal(great choice in using local actors) and I applaud angelina on actually doing research and using facts in a situation which is so sensitive and which she got a lot of heat for. I applaud her for not backing down and the effects speak for themselves. A very real war movie, it doesn't baby you, if you're looking for a movie to baby you look elsewhere. It shows what these women have gone through and believe it or not I felt for both sides the muslims and the serbs maybe because I can step back and look at it objectively for what it was. The ending did shock me but I loved that it wasn't a hollywood ending, after all there are no hollywood endings in war and angelina jolie understands that. I look forward to her next directorial/writing effort, she's got the talent and we need more women in that field.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2012
Format: DVD
THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY is stirring a lot of controversy, both bad and good. This is actress Angelina Jolie's first outing as writer/director of a film and for many reasons she deserves applause for tackling such a subject as the Balkan War from 1992 - 1995. Unless the viewer has studied the conditions in the once Yugoslavia, a bit of history may help the view to understand the conflict. `In 1992, conflict engulfed Bosnia and Herzegovina. The war was predominantly a territorial conflict between local Bosniaks and Croats backed by Zagreb, and Serbs backed by the Yugoslav People's Army and Serbia. The Yugoslav armed forces had disintegrated into a largely Serb-dominated military force. Opposed to the Bosnian-majority led government's agenda for independence, and along with other armed nationalist Serb militant forces, the JNA attempted to prevent Bosnian citizens from voting in the 1992 referendum on independence. This did not succeed in persuading people not to vote and instead the intimidating atmosphere combined with a Serb boycott of the vote resulted in a resounding 99% vote in support for independence. On 19 June 1992, the war in Bosnia broke out. The conflict, typified by the siege of Sarajevo and Srebrenica, was by far the bloodiest and most widely covered of the Yugoslav wars. Bosnia's Serb faction led by ultra-nationalist Radovan Karadzi' promised independence for all Serb areas of Bosnia from the majority-Bosniak government of Bosnia. To link the disjointed parts of territories populated by Serbs and areas claimed by Serbs, Karadzic pursued an agenda of systematic ethnic cleansing primarily against Bosnians through genocide and forced removal of Bosniak populations.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blake on August 1, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Angelina Jolie deserves some respect for choosing the Bosnian conflict as the subject of her directorial debut considering she could have easily settled for safer, more mainstream material, but as a writer/director she still has a long way to go and "In The Land Of Blood And Honey" stands as a heartfelt movie watered down by recycled melodrama. The sectarian conflicts which erupted after the shattering of Yugoslavia were already explored with greater power in the 1990s in films like "Savior" by Predrag Antonijevic and Milcho Manchevski's "Before The Rain," while those movies told strong stories with powerful cultural messages, Jolie's movie simply shows us the horrors of the conflict as background for a standard soap opera.

The film's storyline centers on a Muslim woman named Ajila (Zana Marjanovic) whose community is overrun by Christian militias led by Danijel (Goran Kostic). Eight months earlier they had already met at a cafe where a romantic dance floor moment was interrupted by the first bombs of the war. As soldiers go around looting and raping, Ajila finds herself taken captive with a group of women to a nearby base where Danijel decides to give her careful protection, this puts him at risk because his warlord father Nebojsa (Rade Serbedzija) is determined to wipe out all Muslims in a storm of ethnic hatred.

"In The Land Of Blood And Honey" proves Jolie has an eye for capturing memorable images and establishing a place, she knows how to use her camera. She also doesn't flinch away from the horrors of war and provides up close moments of terror and heartbreaking violence, with unflinching honesty she shows how rape is used as a weapon in conflict zones.
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