Saturday, 31 May 2008
No Man’s Land 
A caustic and bitingly sarcastic movie, filled with lashing, black humour – No Man’s Land is one of the finest movies made on the absurdity and futility of war. Interestingly, the movie doesn’t show any live action. Rather, the entire movie is filmed in and around a trench in no man’s land between Serbia and Bosnia, during the long and ugly Balkan war. Soldiers from both sides get trapped in the trench, and the ensuing movie covers their plight, confusion, and prejudices, as well the hypocrisy and double standards of the “neutral” forces (and journalists) who are there apparently to prevent damage and impartially capture the reality, respectively. The morality espoused, especially the brilliant irony of the climax, is subtle, yet its impact is profoundly moving. If anyone ever has any doubts as to abolishment of war cry, he must begin his education with this apparently simple yet immensely powerful movie.
Director: Danis Tanovic
Genre: War Drama/Black Comedy/Satire