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Loving Glances (2003)

Sjaj u ocima (original title)
Swan is a lonely Serbian refugee in Belgrade. He hopes for a visa to follow his long-lost fiancée to Chicago, but winds up at the Happy Millennium dating agency. A warm romantic comedy with a twist.

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Srdjan Karanovic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Senad Alihodzic Senad Alihodzic ... Labud
Ivana Bolanca Ivana Bolanca ... Romana
Jelena Djokic Jelena Djokic ... Vida
Milena Dravic ... Vlasnica agencije
Gorica Popovic Gorica Popovic ... Majka
Boris Komnenic Boris Komnenic ... Profesor Jablan
Matija Prskalo Matija Prskalo ... Agnes
Lotos Sparovec Lotos Sparovec ... Igor
Branko Cvejic Branko Cvejic ... Otac
Bisera Veletanlic Bisera Veletanlic ... Ljubiteljka muzike
Predrag Danilovic Predrag Danilovic ... NBA kosarkas
Mirjana Djurdjevic Mirjana Djurdjevic ... Maskirna
Andrew Greenwood Andrew Greenwood ... Michael
Steve Agnew Steve Agnew ... Konzularni Sluzbenik
Danijel Nikolic Danijel Nikolic ... Policajac
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Swan is a lonely Serbian refugee in Belgrade. He hopes for a visa to follow his long-lost fiancée to Chicago, but winds up at the Happy Millennium dating agency. A warm romantic comedy with a twist.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated
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Language:

Serbian

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (Serbia and Montenegro) See more »

Also Known As:

Loving Glances See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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sweet and positive
15 March 2008 | by yawnmower1See all my reviews

This touching Serbian film deftly portrays the tragedy and confusion of the post-war Balkans, and does so with unfailing lightness and humor.

Belgrade, in the late 90's, became the refuge of a cascade of displaced persons, like handsome young Labud (swan) and Romana. They have enlisted the services of a match-maker to help them find companions.

The story is an old one – how the young couple find, lose, and ultimately keep one another – so the charm and interest of the film comes principally from the surrounding details. Labud, alone and living in a shelter, fantasizes about people from his past and has imaginary conversations with them. Among those who populate and direct his thoughts are his former fiancée (she emigrated to Chicago when war broke out), his mother, 'professor', various ancestors. Romana has her past with her, too, including her father, sister, and first love. It is a very busy film, therefore, especially when you consider all the eccentrics that also haunt the dating service.

There is much sentiment, but never a moment of sentimentality – especially surprising when one considers the loss that pervades the aftermath of armed conflict. The director makes a point of contrasting the varied pasts of his characters with the ethnic 'purity' which motivated the senseless war. He has concocted an uplifting, understated little gem with most engaging young stars.


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