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.