In the Land of Blood and Honey

Rated R 127 minutes 2011

Emotions are laid bare in the war-struck love story In the Land of Blood and Honey. Not only does writer-director Angelina Jolie explore the Bosnian civil war of the 1990s in a frank and occasionally brutal fashion; she has cast Bosnians to play characters on both sides of the battle lines. It’s a potent formula for her feature-directing debut, and Jolie brings a sober, spare directorial style that fits her surroundings. The story, though, is fairly unremarkable: A Serbian soldier (Goran Kostiæ) finds an old lover being held in his prison camp, and against all sound judgment and the wishes of his father—the Serbian military commander—he rekindles his relationship with the Muslim prisoner (Zana Marjanoviæ). This does personalize a war we don’t often see in films, but there’s so much else to tell that would be more powerful.

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Director: Angelina Jolie

Producer: Angelina Jolie, Graham King, Tim Headington and Tim Moore

Cast: Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Vanesa Glodjo, Rade Serbedzija, Boris Ler, Alma Terzic, Jelena Jovanova, Fedja Stukan, Nikola Djuricko, Aleksandar Djurica, Branko Djuric, Goran Jevtic, Jasna Bery, Ermin Bravo, Dzana Pinjo, Ermin Sijamija and Milos Timotijevic


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