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How the War Started on My Island (1996)
How the War Started on My Island (1996)
Original name: Kako je počeo rat na mom otoku
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Croatia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: At the beginning of 1991, Yugoslav army did not acknowledge Croatian's independence, and still holding few military barracks in Croatia. Gajski travels to an island to get his son out of the army. Locals have besieged the barracks and organized a festival to try with singing and recitals to get major Aleksa and his soldiers to surrender, but Aleksa has explosives thru the barracks and wants to blow up the island.
Style: parody
Plot: communist, battles, sex, island, military, politics, rock band, soldier, rescue, poet, communism, father son relationship, infidelity, deserter, humanism, humiliation, festival, husband wife relationship, independence, satire, irreverence, performance, ferry, machismo, surrender ...
Time: year 1991
Place: former yugoslavia, croatia, yugoslavia

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The Border Post (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Croatia, Serbia, UK, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Austria
Duration: 94 min.
Story: At a small border-post on the Yugoslav-Albanian border, yet another generation of soldiers suffering the usual amount of boredom awaits the end of their service, counting days to the moment when they should take their uniforms off for good. It is ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: soldier, comedy of errors, dishonesty, war, state affairs, politics, military, couples, infidelity, army, commander, border ...
Time: 80s
Place: macedonia, former yugoslavia, albania, europe, bosnia ...
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When the Dead Start Singing (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Croatia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At the beginning of 1990s, two Croatian emigrants, economically minded Cinco and politically minded Marinko, arrive in Croatia from Germany, homesick for their families and hometowns. In order to get a German pension, Cinco pretends to be dead and ...
Style: neo screwball comedy
Plot: immigrants, family relations, getting home, secret police, corpse, tragic event, absurdism, politics, journey, cemetery, scam, coffee ...
Time: year 1991
Place: croatia, berlin germany
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Witnesses (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Croatia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set amid the atrocities of war in the Balkans, Witnesses is retold, Rashomon-style, from various characters' viewpoints, adding new information about the complexity of war and humanity. Beginning inside a rustic house with a woman in black ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, bleak ...
Plot: military, murder, soldier, police investigation, investigation, kidnapping, crimes, criminal heroes, war, human nature, amateur detective, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, croatia, former yugoslavia, serbia
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Black and White in Color (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Côte d'Ivoire, France, West Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them ...
Style: cynical, biting, semi serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: world war one, soldier, military, satire, colonialism, dark humor, imperialism, battles, war, society, politics, state affairs ...
Time: 1910s, year 1914, year 1915
Place: africa
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For Ever Mozart (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: For Ever Mozart is an episodic film that follows a theater troupe from France attempting to put on a play in Sarajevo. Along their journey they are captured and held in a POW camp, and they call for help from their friends and relations in France. ...
Style: experimental, realistic, serious, avant garde, contemplative
Plot: politics, battles, artists and showbiz, war, anti war, filmmaking, performer's life, african american, rehearsal, sex, money, male nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france, bosnia, former yugoslavia, vichy ...
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War Machine (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A rock star general bent on winning the “impossible” war in Afghanistan takes us inside the complex machinery of modern war. Inspired by the true story of General Stanley McChrystal.
Style: satirical, political, intense, talky, humorous ...
Plot: soldier, war, politics, world politics, civil war, conspiracy, military, justice, underdog, weapons, mentor, wartime ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, iraq, vietnam
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Sniper's Ridge (1961)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 61 min.
Story: Korean War drama.
Style: slang
Plot: humiliation, minefield, battles, death of protagonist, korean war, ambush, communism, world war two veteran, u.s. army, communist, cigarette smoking, uniform
Place: china, korea
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Deserter (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During the Yugoslav break-up, Federal Army officer is fed up with war and takes some leave in Belgrade. However, it turns out that he is less haunted by war horrors than with some sentimental skeletons in the closet. He meets his former comrade and ...
Plot: friendship, death, love, husband wife relationship, military, father daughter relationship, lie, friend, battles, biological father, death of girl, military officer ...
Time: year 1981
Place: former yugoslavia, croatia, serbia
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No Man's Land (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Belgium, UK, Slovenia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two soldiers from opposite sites get stuck between the front lines in the same trench. The UN is asked to free them and both sides agree on a ceasefire, but will they stick to it?
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sentimental, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: anti war, un, politics, survival, soldier, bomb, dishonesty, military, human nature, satire, tragic hero, intrigue ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993
Place: serbia, europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia, bosnia herzegovina ...
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The Carabineers (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 80 min.
Story: During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits.
Style: serious, semi serious, cynical, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: satire, anti war, life is a bitch, war, military, soldier, betrayal, military life, down on your luck, battles, firing squad, cynicism ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, europe, africa, usa, egypt ...
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The Virgin Soldiers (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The core of the plot is the romantic triangle formed by the protagonist, a conscripted soldier named Private Brigg; a worldly professional soldier named Sergeant Driscoll, and Phillipa Raskin, the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major. The ...
Plot: virgin, british army, soldier, sergeant, circumcision, beach, hospital, first sexual experience, prostitute, army life, jungle, loss of virginity ...
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The Soldier (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A story of a boy, forced to grow mature before his time and to die too early because of the cruel war circumstances. This film is dedicated to all the children who have died during the National Liberation War.
Plot: soldier, reprisal, battles, boy, horse, world war two, dog, fear, commander, child with gun, combat, village ...
Time: 1940s
Place: former yugoslavia, bosnia
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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, realistic, humorous, clever
Plot: world war two, military, resistance, village, wartime life, confined, rebellion, rebelliousness, captivity, nothing goes right, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
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Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the opening stages of the Bosnian War, a small group of Serbian soldiers are trapped in a tunnel by a Muslim force.
Style: realistic, serious, clever, disturbing
Plot: tunnel, bosnian war, newspaper, basketball, suicide, muslim, village, soldier, heroes, journalism, war, thief ...
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Place: former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia, serbia, bosnia herzegovina
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Trials and tribulations of a Croatian Communist intellectual in the turbulent years before, during and after WW2.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 80 min.
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Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, suspenseful, witty ...
Plot: politics, hostage, village, farce, dark humor, confined, war, crimes, dishonesty, state affairs, small town life, chaos and mayhem ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, UK, USA
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro
Duration: 96 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
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Plot: world war two, satire, anti war, military hospital, soldier, military, bomber, island, war, rebellion, military life, misfit ...
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 116 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
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Genre: Drama, War
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Style: captivating, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: soldier, prostitute, battles, rebellion, military, state affairs, politics, life is a bitch, society, war, military life, anti war ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, UK
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: sincere, exciting
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Mediterraneo (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in ...
Style: touching, captivating, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, island, friendship, soldier, greek island, italian army, war, culture clash, anti war, nudity (full frontal - brief), greek, disorder ...
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Who's Singin' Over There? (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: On April 5, 1941, a day before Nazi attack on Yugoslavia, entourage on a country road board Krstic's bus heading for Belgrade: two Gypsies who occasionally sing about misery, an aging war veteran, a Nazi sympathizer, a dapper singer, a ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak
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