Underground (1995)

Emir Kusturica is a brilliant director and Underground is probably the best movie to represent his cinematography. It is based on a play by Dušan Kovačević. The film follows three characters through Yugoslavia's history, from World War II to the Cold War and finally the Yugoslav wars. It uses the epic story of two friends to symbolically depict and satirise the history of Yugoslavia since the Second World War.

In my opinion, the film is flawless! A mixture of black comedy with tragedy, Underground can really touch you deeply. It displays clearly the tragedy of war and the vanity of human nature. Don't get discouraged if you are not familiar with Balkan history. People are all alike; you'll recognise the patterns easily.

Finally, the music is great. Goran Bregović wrote on of his best soundtracks! Some songs, such as "Mesecina" and "Kalasnjikov", are already classic!

A moving requiem for a dying country. A cult film that will probably mark the history of cinema forever…

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