Philadelphia Film Festival April 7-20
Fans of Eastern European film interested in gathering for Philly’s 14th Annual International Film Festival will be meeting on Saturday April 16th at Ritz East Theater 2 at Noon for ‘Disi duboko’. We will meet in the lobby after we purchase the $7 tickets. Please arrive early to ensure we all get tickets.
A middle-aged husband and wife and their grown daughter become something of a self-contained roundelay in Serbian filmmaker Dragan Marinkovic’s sexy, anything-goes comedy-drama.
Dragan Marinkovic’s Take a Deep Breath is an unexpected treat: a compulsively watchable Serbian soap opera about a family of three that becomes the source of endless pansexual activities â€” and heartbreak that mounts with each transgression. Think of it as a Euro-soap. Filmed with an eye for the trendy and an ear for snappy dialogue, Marinkovic’s tale starts to spin out of control when a Belgrade student’s plans to run off to Canada with her boyfriend are delayed by an automobile accident that lands the young man in the hospital. Poor Sasa (Ana Franic): she just wanted to get away from her oppressively unhappy parents. Mom (Mira Furlan), it turns out, is having an affair with a younger man, a dentist with a young child. Dad (Bogdan Diklic), meanwhile, is a judge who wants to match up Sasa with his aide (Bojan Dimitrijevic), although he seems to have eyes for the aide himself. Hmmm. Enter Lana (Jelena Djokic), the sister of Sasa’s injured boyfriend, Stefan (Branislav Tomasevic). She’s a lesbian â€” and she takes a shine to Sasa. And on and on it goes. Marinkovic’s attractive and talented cast plays it straight, but his film works largely as a glorious humanist comedy, interweaving multiple characters and enough secrets and lies to drive “All My Children” for a full year. Eastern European cinema can often be dour and serious, but not Take a Deep Breath. It’s just hugely entertaining. (Serbian with English subtitles) — Joe Baltake