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Suburbs (2004)
Predmestje (original title)
Fiction, 90 min
 
Production country   Slovenia
Language   Slovene
Director   Vinko Moderndorfer
Scriptwriter   Vinko Moderndorfer
Producer   Eva Rohrman
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Plot
Marjan and his group of friends are disturbed by a young couple of foreign nationality moving to their suburbs. Through a secret filming of the young lovers the tragic fates of these friends, who keep blaming others for their own misfortune, are revealed. Suburbs is a film of developing xenophobia and nationalism. It is a story about the suburbs in the human soul.

Director`s Statement

Suburbs is a film about middle generation men, who spend their evenings at the suburban bowling alley, pondering their lives in humorous discussions. However, these discussions uncover the stories of their lives, which are mostly unrealised, squandered, lost and miserable. The well-intentioned and seemingly amusing patrons of the suburban bowling alley become more and more dangerous as a young couple of a foreign nationality moves into the suburbs. On the horizon of the two young lives the misery of the suburban men can be seen even more clearly. From a simple, funny and entertaining idea of secretly filming the young couple's lovemaking arises a terrible image of irrational xenophobic hatred that always blames others for its own misery. This hatred contains a clear parallel with the rise of fascism and the worshipping of national purity, the consequence of which is ethnic cleansing and all civilizational evil, which has despite the tragic experience of the second world war reappeared in the Balkans part of Europe in the end of the twentieth century.

The story of the suburban men and the young couple definitely reaches its peak in the bizarre but deeply symbolic Sunday hobby of the protagonists, who for fun and also out of conviction that they are performing a hygienic mission, beneficial for the society, kill stray dogs, who seek shelter in their suburbs without an owner and pedigree.

Suburbs is a film about the worst suburbs of all. It is a story about the suburbs in the human soul. I am convinced that in this the story of Suburbs is universal, since it discusses the reasons for the irrational hatred, which unfortunately still smoulders all over our common Europe.

 
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio   1.85:1
Production format   35mm
Film type   Fuji
Camera   ARRIFLEX
Distribution format   35mm
 
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