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When Swan is working and walking around Belgrade, he believes he sees Vida but convinces himself it is impossible since she is in Chicago. Some of the most creative, serious and comedic touches in this film are the many imaginery conversations with the ghosts of his mother and old school professor who advise and admonish him during his search for love. Swan tries to legally leave Belgrade to visit Chicago but there are numerous obstacles in his way. Amazingly, Vida really *is* in Belgrade with the same goal: to revive their old love, the problem is she can not locate him. In a desperate attempt, she leaves a note on a "missing persons" bulletin board not knowing she narrowly missed running into him.Read more ›
The type of comedy in this film did not often make me laugh, but the film might be very funny to other people. The movie's storytelling device of adding new spirits (people from the main character's pasts) as literal observers to their travels is interesting, but (for me) became overused, cumbersome, and contrived (imagine a Shakespeare play with 5 or 6 Falstaff-like men and women regularly commenting about each move made by Romeo & Juliet). There's a time and place for wit, but it's arguably overbearing here. But my critique may be misplaced, given that the intent of this film is to be a comedy about the luggage we all carry forward with us from the people we have been close to in our pasts.
But the ending scenes in this film are excellent. They are strong, poignant, and hopeful. The movie deals with the nearly universal issue of choosing spouses while still loving significant others from our past. And on those notes, it appears to speak with practical experience, wisdom, and loving consideration.
Belgrade, in the late 90's, became the refuge of a cascade of displaced persons, like handsome young Labud (swan) and Romana. They have enlisted the services of a match-maker to help them find companions.
The story is an old one - how the young couple find, lose, and ultimately keep one another - so the charm and interest of the film comes principally from the surrounding details. Labud, alone and living in a shelter, fantasizes about people from his past and has imaginary conversations with them. Among those who populate and direct his thoughts are his former fiancee (she emigrated to Chicago when war broke out), his mother, 'professor', various ancestors. Romana has her past with her, too, including her father, sister, and first love. It is a very busy film, therefore, especially when you consider all the eccentrics that also haunt the dating service.
There is much sentiment, but never a moment of sentimentality - especially surprising when one considers the loss that pervades the aftermath of armed conflict. The director makes a point of contrasting the varied pasts of his characters with the ethnic `purity' which motivated the senseless war. He has concocted an uplifting, understated little gem with most engaging young stars.
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This film is more a romantic film--so if you are a 'hopeless romantic' like I am, you will enjoy it no matter your sex! Read morePublished on May 29, 2011 by World Citizen
Loving Glances takes a few minutes to engage the viewer in its multidimensional story, but after that it is humerous, sweet, and political. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Flo Night N. Gale