'The Sickest Film Ever': A Serbian Film
Milos (Srdjan Spasojevic), an aging Serbian studthe Nikola Tesla of the pornographic worldis retired from dirty movies. Having trouble supporting his wife and young son, he accepts a vague One Last Job proposal from self-styled auteur Vukmir (Sergej Trifunovic). As soon as this art project starts to veer toward child exploitation, Milos tells Vukmir hes out. Milos wakes up three days later, covered in bruises and dried blood, with no clue what happened. The productions video tapes reveal that Vukmir drugged Milos to turn him into a zombie who could fuck freely, without moral qualms over things like murder and incest. Branded the sickest film ever during its 2010 festival run, Films rep was bolstered when a Spanish judge levied child-porn charges against the head of the Sitges Film Festival for showing the movie. The version opening in the States has been edited so that its two instances of child rape are implied via dialogue rather than seen onscreen. Its certainly no less unsettling, and remains a passionate argument against a no-holds-barred exploration of extreme human sexuality and violence. Virtually every moment of screen time not given over to stomach-churning brutality consists of dialogue about the sick, sad state of post-Milosevic Serbian society. Its specious lip service; that the film exists at all is a more cogent commentary on the nations collective trauma than any of the direct statements or potential metaphors contained within. As black as relatively high-budget exploitation cinema gets, Film does have glimmers of comic relief, mostly via the crazed filmmaker whoeven as his star has nearly beaten him to deathlets the cameras roll and cheers him on: Thats the cinema!
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