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On the Sunny Side

Two brothers from Bosnia spend a pleasant summer with their aunt and uncle in Slovenia, meeting kids their own age and discovering the opposite sex. As title suggests, "On the Sunny Side" is an upbeat pic about overcoming post-war ethnic prejudice between northerners (Slovenians) and southerners (Bosnians).

Two brothers from Bosnia spend a pleasant summer with their aunt and uncle in Slovenia, meeting kids their own age and discovering the opposite sex. As title suggests, “On the Sunny Side” is an upbeat pic about overcoming post-war ethnic prejudice between northerners (Slovenians) and southerners (Bosnians). Its likable protags and simplified TV-like storytelling key it for young auds, but emphasis on sexual permissiveness takes it beyond that age group. In the end, it’s hard to tell who this well-meaning film from Miha Hocevar — the rebellious young director of “Fuck It” — will appeal to outside its home turf.

Eleven-year-old Sani (Filip Duric) and his teen brother Ado (Sasha Tabakovic) lost their parents in the war; though Sani doesn’t know it, this visit to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, is to be a permanent move. The cute boys lose no time making friends. Sani leads a band of kids who roam the neighborhood, while Ado soon lands a girlfriend. Everyone, including aunt and uncle, takes a keen interest in sex. Camerawork has some uncertainties, but music track features a nice mix of Eastern and other sounds.

On the Sunny Side

Slovenia

  • Production: A Slovenian Film Fund/Arkadena Productions production. Produced by Jurij Kosak. Directed by Miha Hocevar. Screenplay, Hocevar, Ozren Kebo.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Slobodan Trninic; editor, Olga Toni; music, Mitja Smrekar Vrhovnik. Reviewed at Sarajevo Film Festival, Aug. 20, 2003. Original title: <I>Na Planincah</I>. Running time: 92 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Filip Duric, Sasha Tabakovic, Milena Zupancic, Sabina Kogovsek, Mustafa Nadarevic.