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No Man's Land

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France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy

2001

Rated R • 1h 38m

Director Danis Tanović

Starring Branko Đurić, Rene Bitorajac, Filip Šovagović, Georges Siatidis

Genre Action, Drama, History

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Two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the 1993 war in Bosnia find themselves in a trench in no man’s land together. When another wounded soldier wakes up in the trench on top of a land mine, the situation complicates, as the international community gets involved in this absurd state of affairs.

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75

Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Some of the film's points are made a bit too heavily, but the subject is as timely as it is timeless, and many of the performances strike a pitch-perfect balance between parody and passion.
75

New York Daily News by Jami Bernard

Writer-director Danis Tanovic, a Bosnian who spent years documenting his homeland's turmoil, makes a bold feature-film debut with this funny, sobering message movie.
80

Film Threat by Michael Dequina

While the audience has its laughs along the way, the violent tension of war often threatens to erupt, and slowly, subtly gathering force is the film's emotional weight, which is potently felt by the film's indelible (if not exactly unexpected) concluding image.
100

Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

In the remarkable, ferociously intelligent new film No Man's Land, Bosnian writer-director Danis Tanovic gives us a movie portrait of the Bosnian War, a conflict that has devastated his country, friends and neighbors -- and found in it both shocking humor and searing, relentless tragedy.
90

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Fierce, funny and finally devastating, Tanovic's superb film offers a timely look at the roots of civil war and acts of terrorism on both sides that can be exploited by political and media hypocrites alike.
90

Time by Richard Schickel

All the actors in No Man's Land are wonderfully alive, fractious and unpredictable. Their performances also help break down the schematics and turn this into an emotionally potent, powerfully thoughtful and finally tragic experience.
70

The New York Times by Stephen Holden

One of the movie's dark running jokes is that everyone seems to speak a different language and has trouble communicating. The continual struggle of people to make themselves understood becomes a metaphor for the war itself.

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