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Small World

Energetic "Small World," an offbeat, dark Serbian comedy from veteran filmmaker Milos Radovic, spins its wheels without making much of a point. Narrated by a petulant unborn child, this tale of selfish adults unable to escape their fate -- five gory deaths and a prison sentence -- hints at a broader meaning without quite reaching it.

Energetic “Small World,” an offbeat, dark Serbian comedy from veteran filmmaker Milos Radovic, spins its wheels without making much of a point. Narrated by a petulant unborn child, this tale of selfish adults unable to escape their fate — five gory deaths and a prison sentence — hints at a broader meaning without quite reaching it. A top-flight cast headlining Miki Manojlovic and Lazar Ristovski makes pic’s surreal gallows humor click, though like most comedies, it probably works better onshore than off. Specialized fests will want to take a look.

Dr. Philip (Manojlovic) wants to commit suicide because he thinks he has prostate cancer and his wife is leaving him. Saved from jumping off the roof, he soon captures the bumbling fellow (Branko Duric) who stole his cell phone in a cemetery. Handed over to the police, the thief is driven by Ristovski and his lieutenant through a crazy series of highway accidents, the last of which is fatal to all concerned. Jumping back and forth in time, story keeps up a lively pace; tech work is quite good throughout.

Small World

Serbia

  • Production: A Cobra Film production. Produced by Dragan Bjelogrlic, Goran Bjelogrlic. Directed, written by Milos Radovic.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Aleksandar Jovanovic; editor, Stevan Maric; music, Aleksandar Habic; sound (Dolby), Branko Neskov. Reviewed at Sarajevo Film Festival, Aug. 22, 2003. Original title: <I>Mali Svet</I>. Running time: 85 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Branko Duric, Bogdan Dikic, Irena Micijevic-Rodic, Olivera Markovic.