Production year: 1971
Duration: 99 minuta
Technique: 35mm widescreen, black and white
A middle aged intellectual, Mali, who is a former Partisan, lives in a small island town. For many years, his wife Draga has been taking care of an old woman, Madona, a former landlady whose possessions have been taken away by Communists. Caring for Madona becomes the only reason to live in Mali and Draga’s empty lives.
Sven Lasta (Mali), Milka Podrug-Kokotović (Draga), Ivona Petri /voice Nada Subotić/ (Madona), Nataša Nešović (Erminija), Tanja Knezić (sisters of charity's juveline protégé)
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)
Ante Babaja, Božidar Violić (based on the same titled novel by Slobodan Novak)
This is certainly the most grotesque film by Ante Babaja, which successfully combines naturalism and symbolism. It is especially fascinating because it is an adaptation of a literary original that according to the usual criteria was considered completely unsuitable for turning into a film (Novak’s introspective and reflexive novel). At the same time it is one of the most provocative films of Croatian cinema in the socialist period: it openly shows absurdities of the reality in which an already desperate existence becomes even more desperate.
Screening permit: from February 9, 1971
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