FILM REVIEW: THE CONSTITUTION

“Rajko Grlić’s latest film THE CONSTITUTION is excellent, profound and moving. Set in a building where the political tensions of former Yugoslavia are played out with a mixture of hatred, good grace, solidarity and bigotry. An intelligent movie that must be seen.”

The film written by Rajko Grlic and his friend Ante Tomić tells a story where certain circumstances brings into test the humanity and sense of solidarity of people. The script immerse audiences into the intimacy of the characters with a subtle and intelligent treatment. The actor Nebojša Glogovac makes a wonderful preformance with his character who has an incredible transition between “diffident intellectual and emotionally overwrought transvestite”.

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THE CONSTITUTION: “A love story about hate”. Two families are brought together when Vjeko, a middle-aged Croatian school teacher who spends his days looking after his bedridden and embittered father and his nights dressed as a woman, is badly beaten by young neo-fascist thugs on the street. One of his neighbours is a nurse in the hospital where he is taken by the ambulance and she befriends the “Professor” and offers to assist him with the care of his father – in return she asks him to help her policeman husband to pass an exam he has to take  – for which he needs to memorise the Croatian Constitution. Her husband Ante, is however a Serb, which leads to the emergence of long simmering hatred, racial prejudice and homophobic outbursts.

 

See full review: The Global Dispatches