No Man's Land

Released 2001


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Danis Tanović
No Man's Land follows Ciki (Branko Djuric) and Nino (Rene Bitorajac), a Bosnian and a Serb, who are soldiers stranded in No Man's Land - a trench between enemy lines during the Bosnian war. They have no one to trust, no way to escape without getting shot, and a fellow soldier is lying on the trench floor with a spring-loaded bomb set to explode beneath him if he moves. The absurdity of their situation would be comical if it didn't have such dire consequences. With the two men stuck in a bizarre predicament, a frustrated UN sergeant tries to help, despite orders to remain at his post. When a journalist waylays the sergeant while pushing for an exclusive scoop, she affects the unfolding of events and turns a news story into an international circus. With the world's press waiting for an outcome, no one willing to take action (lest they accept responsibility), and a soldier still stuck with a bomb beneath him, Ciki and Nino try to keep their humanity amidst the insanity of war. Between war and peace, humor and hate, capture and surrender, life and death - lies No Man's Land.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A savage comedy about the war in the former Yugoslavia that artfully mixes comic absurdism with a passion for what's right and a concern for the individuality of all concerned.

  • 80

    Variety Deborah Young

    As a tyro auteur, Tanovich has a heavy-handed way of delineating characters and situations that makes this well-meaning film awfully familiar at times.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    One of the movie's dark running jokes is that everyone seems to speak a different language and has trouble communicating. The continual struggle of people to make themselves unders...

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Foreign Language, Thrillers, Dark Comedy, Military & War, Psychological