Quo vadis, Aida? (2020)


“General Mladic is looking for a civilian representative from among you in order to negotiate with him. Are there any volunteers? ” – Aida Selmanagic

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A UN aide worker in a camp in Serbia tries to do all she can to keep her friends and family safe during the Bosnian War.

My Take on it – Powerful story that tries to show how discriminant the soldiers were on both sides of the conflict.

The main character is developed quite well and we get a very clear idea of the kind of work that she does along with the stress involved due to the way things were constantly changing during these troubling times.

None of the other characters are developed at all and they all seem like caricatures and stereotypes which also takes so much away from making this even more powerful to watch unfold.

The film is able to give a very realistic picture of the atrocities committed and the point of view shown allows for it all to sink in quite deeply over and over again.

Unfortunately, the narrative is a bit strange here and that hurts things a bit because it causes things to feel too distant the whole time.

This movie is one of the five nominees for Best International Feature at the Oscars this year.

[update – 25th April] – This film was unable to win the Oscar.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Official submission of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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