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With: Miki Manojlovic, Sergei Trifunovic, Mirjana Jokovic, Lazar Ristovski
Written by: Dejan Dukovski, Goran Paskaljevic, Filip David, Zoran Andric, based on the play by Dejan Dukovski
Directed by: Goran Paskaljevic
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence including an act of sexual assault, strong language and some drug use
Language: Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles
Running Time: 102
Date: 08/01/1998
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Cabaret Balkan (1999)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Powder Keg

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Cabaret Balkan is one of the most powerful movies of 1999. It's a privileged look into one night in the lives of a handful of Belgrade residents in Yugoslavia. This city in decline reeks of darkness and violence. There are small moments of beauty and humor in Cabaret Balkan and other moments are so disturbing that you have to laugh. Still other moments get the blood boiling. But the thing that comes across most of all is the sense of palpable, trembling energy on the verge of exploding. (The original and more appropriate title of this film when it played the SF Film Festival was The Powder Keg.) Cabaret Balkan was a huge hit in its homeland perhaps because it is true enough to touch a nerve.

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