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The Suburb

Yugoslavia, 1971 (MIFF 1973)

Director: Lordan Zafranović

This film was made for television, and is dedicated to the filmmakers of Czechoslovakia.

It is structured around a young couple's first sexual encounter which is witnessed by three men. Our attention is upon the three men —a lazy bum, a voyeur, and his aggressive cousin —and on what their reactions to the incident tell us about them, rather than upon the love-making which is explicitly, but delicately handled. They seem to be aimless wanderers, who can find little to do with their time, and so find a means to entertainment in secondhand experiences.

The Suburb is a film of moods, slowly changing from light to dark as we gradually become aware of the futility of these men's lives.

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