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In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

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During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.

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Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zana Marjanovic ... Ajla
Goran Kostic ... Danijel
Rade Serbedzija ... Nebojsa
Vanessa Glodjo Vanessa Glodjo ... Lejla
Nikola Djuricko ... Darko
Branko Djuric ... Aleksandar
Fedja Stukan Fedja Stukan ... Petar
Alma Terzic ... Hana
Jelena Jovanova ... Esma
Ermin Bravo ... Mehmet
Boris Ler Boris Ler ... Tarik
Goran Jevtic ... Mitar
Ermin Sijamija ... Vuc
Milos Timotijevic ... Durja
Jasna Beri Jasna Beri ... Mejrema (as Jasna Ornela Bery)
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Storyline

During the Bosnian War, the captive Bosnian Ajla is brought with other women to a Serbian barrack to serve the soldiers. The commander Danijel recognizes Ajla that he met in a night-club and wooed her and he discreetly protects her. They rekindle their love, but can they trust on each other? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and atrocities including rape, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Bosnian | Serbian | Croatian | English

Release Date:

16 February 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

U zemlji krvi i meda See more »

Filming Locations:

Vares, Bosnia-Herzegovina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,479, 30 December 2011

Gross USA:

$303,877
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Company Credits

Production Co:

GK Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot back to back in two versions, one in English and the other in the native Serbo-Croatian. See more »

Goofs

The Russian made RPG 7 used to fire on the U.N. aid convoy has no warhead on it. As such it would be unable to fire. See more »

Quotes

Danijel: [aiming rifle at Ajla] I asked myself, "Why is it so easy for some men to kill the other?"
[rifle down]
Danijel: And then I wondered, "Would she kill me if she had the chance?"
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Connections

Featured in Balkan Spirit (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Evo Jedne Sto Se Svira Na Plazi (Here's One That Is Sung By The Sea)
Performed by Bombaj Stampa
© 2011 Varèse Sarabande
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black-and-white picture of the world
30 March 2014 | by dragokinSee all my reviews

In the Land of Blood and Honey passed almost unnoticed among viewers and critics alike, except in the countries that emerged from the former Yugoslavia, where it created a considerable controversy.

In order to understand this, we'd have to explain the history of Balkans and origins of civil war that led to the collapse of Yugoslavia. But even the executive summary of such a story would take up more time than Angelina Jolie's feature film directorial debut.

So if you ignore historical background and accuracy, this is essentially a bad movie. The script is idiotic and acting mediocre. In order to make the movie more realistic the characters talk in English with local dialect. This might be convincing to the average viewer but sounds stupid to anyone who knows this part of the world.

The only good thing is the atmosphere at the beginning of the conflict, where most of the people believed the war would be over in a matter of weeks.

I find it remarkable that a star like Angelina Jolie devotes her times to humanitarian work and tells the world the untold stories of human suffering. At the same time it is regrettable that such stories are biased according to the current dogma envisioned by international politics and media. According to that, it is crystal clear who the good guys are and they should be absolved from all wrongdoing. On the other hand, for the supposed misdeeds of the bad guys the whole population of their country should be punished until eternity.

This is black-and-white image of the world which, in my opinion, is against the founding principles of UNHCR, where Angelina Jolie holds a distinguished post.


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