We've passed the midway point in our Foreign Film Series and it's been a smash! We've still got a few more up our sleeve and we're looking forward to sharing them. Our next film is considered a modern film noir and comes from Serbia. I loved it for its moral crisis, its urgency, and all the twists and turns. (Perhaps, most intriguing is the individual quiet question - What would I do?) It is convincing and makes for a wonderfully tense thriller.
Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. - The Trap -- Serbia, Germany, & Hungary (2007) Not rated; In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles; 112 minutes
A modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian "society in transition." It's a story that could happen to anyone. Mladen, an ordinary man, is forced to choose between the life and death of his young son. When the boy develops a serious heart condition, the doctors urge an expensive operation abroad. Just when the boy's parents give up hope of raising the money, a man contacts Mladen and offers to pay the whole amount; in exchange, Mladen must kill the man's business rival. The proposal repulses Mladen, but as his son's condition suddenly deteriorates, he begins to seriously consider the offer. If he accepts, he saves his boy's life but loses his soul; if he refuses, he will grieve as a righteous man until the end of his life. The trap is set...
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