Take A Deep Breath

Director Dragan Marinkovic's "Take a Deep Breath" is the kind of lesbian drama whose characters feel like male fantasies -- hot chicks doin' it for the camera, with all the psychological depth of centerfold models. Which is not to say this lurid Belgrade-set potboiler doesn't work on its own terms.

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With: Mira Furlan, Ana Franic, Jelena Djokic, Bogdan Diklic, Branislav Tomasevic, Nikola Djuricko, Goran Susljik, Ana Sakic, Bojan Dmitrijevic.

Director Dragan Marinkovic’s “Take a Deep Breath” is the kind of lesbian drama whose characters feel like male fantasies — hot chicks doin’ it for the camera, with all the psychological depth of centerfold models. Which is not to say this lurid Belgrade-set potboiler doesn’t work on its own terms, as a determinedly hip, hectic cocktail whose commercial instincts and packaging are as sleek as its melodramatic content is silly. Offshore tape/tube prospects are decent.

Improbable law student Sasha (Ana Franic) anticipates a long future with nice-guy b.f. Stefan (Branislav Tomisevic), but a car crash lands him in the hospital. While he’s laid up, his wild sister Lana (Jelena Djokic) moves into his empty flat. Sasha moves in, too, at odds with her parents (Mira Furlan, Bogdan Diklic). In less time than it takes to cue a sexy Eurotrash dance track, the young women are taking baths, making orgasmic faces, and having frolicksome “Love is fun” montages together. Meanwhile, mom and dad’s past secrets and prospective new loves surface. Too shrill and flashy at times, pic nonetheless reps a slick, fast-paced, well-shot guilty pleasure.

Take A Deep Breath

Serbia

Production: A Norga Investment and DV Solution production. Produced by Danica Milojkovic. Executive producer, Dragan Marinkovic. Directed by Dragan Marinkovic. Screenplay, Hajdana Baletic.

Crew: Camera (color), Boris Gortinski; editor, Petar Markovic; music, Vladimir Markovic; production designers, Biljana and Dragan Sovilj. Reviewed at Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, May 31, 2005. (In San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.) Running time: 80 MIN.

With: With: Mira Furlan, Ana Franic, Jelena Djokic, Bogdan Diklic, Branislav Tomasevic, Nikola Djuricko, Goran Susljik, Ana Sakic, Bojan Dmitrijevic.

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