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The Trap

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Post-Milosevic Belgrade is the capital of a nation struggling to find its soul, of a country whose turbulence has left many in a moral and existential desert. This is the home of Mladen, his wife Marija and their son Nemanja. When Nemanja develops a serious heart condition, the doctors urge an expensive operation abroad. Just when the boy s parents give up hope of raising the money, a man contacts Mladen and offers to pay the whole amount; in exchange, he must kill the man s business rival. The proposal repulses Mladen, but as his son s condition suddenly deteriorates, he begins to seriously consider the offer. If he accepts, he saves his boy s life but loses his soul; if he refuses, he will grieve as a righteous man until the end of his life. The trap is set....

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Engrossing!...Fascinating! --Variety

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  • Actors: Neboj a Glogovac, Nata a Ninkovi, Anica Dobra, Miki Manojlovi, Marko Durovi
  • Directors: Srdan Golubovic
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Serbo-Croatian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GMPLB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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If there is possibly a positive result of the terrible wars that disintegrated Yugoslavia, it is that the film makers from this former nation have been facing the truths it brought them square on, and creating some of the most memorable, moving and stunning films that are being made in Europe today.

Certainly very high on the list of these remarkable accomplishments is THE TRAP, a tense, emotionally powerful study of the consequences of violence on the individual, and the way that an act against one's core principles, even for the most understandable and sympathetic reason, can begin to destroy utterly one's sense of self.

It's one thing to have a great theme for a film, it's another to be able to realize it so consistently--with deep performances, suspenseful rhythms, stunning camerawork, and a consistency of tone that equals the finest films. The only recent film I can recall that left the same sort of admiration in me is the Russian film THE RETURN -- very different in subject matter and technique, but both films share a sense of remarkable artistic integrity that is really hard to find in films today.

Another virtue that makes THE TRAP so rewarding is the tightness of the its script, and that its events move relentlessly forward like the very best thrillers. But instead of concentrating on the "adrenalin excesses" of the American models, it fixes its attention on the emotional turmoil of its hero--that turmoil is what gives the film so much of its powerful feelings, and why I want to recommend it so highly.
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This is a chilling, thought-provoking, densely packed, highly emotionally charged and gripping film about personal choices and the consequences that follow. Set in Serbia after the most recent Balkan War, it is a time of inflation, competition and corruption. It difficult for an average, middle-class working family to cover the costs of an exorbitantly high surgical procedure, a life-saving one which is only available in Germany. The Pavlovic family, Mladen (the dad) and Marija (the mom) learn their only child, a son Nemanja who is a swimming champion at the local elementary school has a serious heart condition which is life-threatening. The doctor explained he will continue to have heart seizures without warning and may eventually die unexpectedly from one. Mladen, the father is a supervisor at what was the most prominent Civil Engineering Firm under the old regime but it has fallen on hard times and needs an infusion of foreign investment to remain competitive and successful. Marija is a high school English teacher. Together they make just enough money for a comfortable life in Belgrade, living in a large apartment building meeting their financial obligations month to month and from paycheck to paycheck.

The family is unable to secure a bank loan to provide the help their son needs. They have no collateral. They are anxiety ridden, helpless backed against an insurmountable wall, unable to help their only child. The director uses the camera to maximum effect, shooting close shots of facial expressions and using long shots to capture the grimness of cityscapes. There is a stark local park and children's playground nearby where Nemanja meets a spoiled, precocious little girl from a wealthy family, close to his age.
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The 2007 Serbian/Hungary dramatic film The Trap is a film that most certainly provokes the moral question: would you murder a stranger to save the life of your child? Most anyone with or without children have a possibility of being in this same situation and I believe that most people would answer it with a simple yes or no. After you watch the film, you may come out with a more clear answer to the question.

The story focuses on a young father, Mladen (Nebojsa Glogovac) and his wife Marija (Natasa Ninkoviæ) have learned their son is burdened with a life-threatening situation if he does not get surgery soon. The family has no means to pay the exorbitant amount of money for surgery and the sum is what the insurance does not cover. So, a shocking proposition is made to the father that will save his son's life. He is to kill a stranger for the money. Mladen takes on the proposal without his wife's knowledge, which further complicates the marriage.

Plenty of emotional and dramatic action takes place, with some twists and turns, and he is in serious deep doodoo, where he cannot dig himself out.

Deep, dark and with fascination of the human spirit, the protagonist's proposition soon isolates him, he is dark and lonely, and in sheer desperation and guilt. There are plenty of closeups to show his tortured face. The film has won some awards and it is based on a book. See it.....Rizzo
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First things first, I am a huge fan of the Film Movement library of foreign and indie movies (so much so that I recently finally entered a subscription to the one movie a month). I am still catching up on older Film Movement releases and not long ago fell upon this one. I literally knew nothing about the film before seeing it.

"The Trap" (2007 release from Serbia; 106 min.) brings the story of a Serbian couple who are barely making ends meet, and then get confronted with a terrible situation: their young son falls gravely ill, and desparately needs surgery which cannot be done in Serbia, but there is a clinic in Berlin that can do it. The cost is 26,000 Euros, which the couple does not have. After placing an ad in a local newspaper, the dad is approached with an offer to kill a business person for 30,000 Euros. As it turns out, the dad knows that person indirectly because of his interactions with the busniness person's wife and daughter (who attends the same school with his gravely ill son). To give away much more of the plot would ruin your viewing pleasure of the movie.

I have to say that I was blown away by this movie from start to finish. I don't know any of these actors or the director, but this movie is done just perfectly. It kept me interested throughout. This is obviously MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare, but if you like a good foreign movie, I can promise you that you will not be disappointed. "The Trap" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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