Why a Serbian film is misunderstood and more relevant than ever

The question arises, of course: was it necessary to have the end of “A Serbian film” to tell this story? While such a story could easily have been told without censorship-ready levels of sexual violence, you’d think the movie wouldn’t have been so powerful. After all, he retains his notoriety. With a “softer” approach, audiences would have had the comfort of distancing themselves from the violence. It’s all fiction, isn’t it? By being so gruesome, dark, and extreme, audiences aren’t allowed to be complacent. They are shaken and shocked to pay attention. To quote the movie “Scrooged”, sometimes you have to slap someone to get their attention.

Ironically, the extreme violence of “A Serbian Film” is precisely what prevents it from being recognized as a political essay. By being so aggressively repulsive, “A Serbian Film” alienates many audiences; This hardly sounds like a fun movie for Friday movie night with beer and pizza. It’s almost too disgusting to casually analyze. You have to have a strong constitution. Indeed, its end seems designed to appeal less to politically interested people, and more to horror fanatics and those who find value in shock. Whatever its ideas, sonically, “A Serbian Film” looks like an exploitation film. It will not necessarily invite serious seekers of difficult art.

There is a vital commentary at work in “A Serbian Film” and it is valid political commentary. It’s also a film that will actively and viscerally insult audiences, no matter how jaded. It is designed to be hated, which unexpectedly alienates it from its target audience. Brave viewers can find something profound. Those inclined towards softer things would do well to steer clear.

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