Movie Don't Come Back by the Same Way (1965.)

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Another story about the great animosity between the Bosnians and Slovenians.


90 min






Viba film

Don't Come Back by the Same Way

The first Slovenian film to address the problem of Bosnians coming to work in Ljubljana was shot in 1965, which will become a frequent topic of the post-Yugoslav cinema. A solid, well-structured drama with good acting starts with a fight at a local inn and an escape from the police of its protagonists, Mačor (Davor Antolić) and Abdu (Ljubiša Samardžić). When they are finally able to shelter safely, they begin to recall the period when they arrived in Slovenia and the reasons why they found themselves there at all. Mačor decided to come there because he needed money for his wedding and Slovenia was presented to him as the promised land. He soon became convinced that this was not the case; he knew that he was probably wrong when his fiance Ajša (Vesna Krajina) came to visit him, so they had to hide in a shack on the construction site. Abdu (Ljubiša Samardžić) is flirting with the Slovenian girl Lenka (Miranda Caharija); she urges him to help her finish her parents' house; however, her mother strictly forbids her seeing him outside working hours. And not only her, local young men also do not leave them alone, their girls are too valuable for Bosnians. Director Jože Babič has already distinguished himself with provocative social dramas as The Party (Veselica) in which Miha Baloh was promoted to star in the role of a disappointed war veteran, and this one only strengthened his reputation. The screenplay was written by Branko Pleša, Serbian actor and theatre director. The film was very poorly received, it was watched by barely more than 5,000 viewers, as if it was something that was no concern of the Slovenian audience. The film was shown at the Pula Film Festival only in 1966, when Babič was presented with the Award for Best Director of a film with a current topic. In those years, seasonal work became an interesting topic, so the film production studio Jadran film produced the movie Man of the World (Čovik od svita) directed by Obrad Gluščević and with Boris Dvornik as a leading actor (1965), which was partly shot on locations in Germany; Branko Bauer directed To Come and Stay (Doći i ostati), based on the script of Ljubiša Kozomara and Gordan Mihić (also from 1965), whose central theme are seasonal workers in Serbia: the latter was awarded the Silver Arena at the Pula Film Festival. Author: Nenad Polimac

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