Review: ‘Falling Into Paradise’

Looking at Milos Radovic's long-in-the-making, long-suffering Euro co-prod "Falling Into Paradise," whose turbulent pre-production history spanned the bombing of Belgrade, one can only say that the mountain has borne a mouse. Only local audiences will appreciate the silly madcap humor, punctuated by chases and falling bombs.

Looking at Milos Radovic’s long-in-the-making, long-suffering Euro co-prod “Falling Into Paradise,” whose turbulent pre-production history spanned the bombing of Belgrade, one can only say that the mountain has borne a mouse. This black comedy about a crazy family that shoots down an American pilot clearly aims to be daring and topical in airing love-hate feelings for the U.S., but is a rather poor effort all around. Only local audiences will appreciate the silly madcap humor, punctuated by chases and falling bombs.

Lubi (Lazar Ristovski, making a rocky re-entry into comedy after his dramatic role in “A Midwinter Night’s Dream”) is a patriotic black market king in Belgrade. While his dizzy blonde sis Dusica (Branka Katic) tries to attract the attention of passing NATO pilots by posing in her swimsuit, he aims a Russian missile and downs a plane. Robby (Simon Lyndon), a blond hunk from Tulsa, somehow winds up locked in their bathroom. Dusica wants to marry him and Lubi to sell him for ransom, but they all end up trying to assassinate president Slobodan Milosevic together. Tech work, including a wild gypsy score by Zoran Simjanovic, is perfunctory.

Falling Into Paradise

Serbia And Montenegro-Germany-France-Netherlands

Production

A Zillion Film, Neue Impuls Film, Rocketta Film, M.A.C.T. Prods., Rotterdam Films co-production. (International sales: TF1 Intl., Paris.) Produced by Michael Eckett, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre. Executive producer, Brana Srdic. Co-producers, Erik Schut, Dirk Rijneke, Mildred van Leenwaarden, Lazar Ristovski. Directed, written by Milos Radovic.

Crew

Camera (color), Piotr Kukla; editor, Petar Putnikovic; music, Zoran Simjanovic; production designer, Aleksandar "Sale" Denic; sound (Dolby Digital), Bertrand Come, Alexandre Widmer, Herve Buirette. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (Rotterdam Perspective), Feb. 2, 2005. English and Serbian dialogue. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Lazar Ristovski, Branka Katic, Simon Lyndon.
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