There is so much happening in Emir Kusturica’s On the milky road that you lose the points that the film tries to make, if any. It takes place during the Bosnian war (1992 – 1995). Kosta (Emir Kusturica), a milkman, tries to avoid the bullets while he delivers the milk from a nearby farm. Everyone in the village seems to have been traumatized by war. Even the farm animals behave in peculiar ways. Some soldiers at the front spend the time making omelette. In the middle of the craziness, Kosta falls in love with a beautiful Italian-Serb woman (Monica Bellucci) who is hiding from the British NATO general who wanted to marry her. At the end the British arrive, burn the farm and the village, kill all the the humans and the animals (animal lovers be warned). Our lovers escape. Follows a series of futile romantic images. On the milky road‘s directions is frantic and full of energy. But there is frantic and FRANTIC. I know that Kusturica is very popular at film festivals, and that I am supposed to kneel down and kiss the ground he walks on. Oh yeah, and the other reason I should like his films is that they are the antithesis of the Hollywood films. I’ve heard all that before. Despite the violence and the body counts, On the milky road is meant to be funny, and it is, but only in the early scenes. After a while it just becomes tedious. I think one of the point might be “War is hell!”. Yes, I know. But do I have to sit through it?
Plays at Ottawa’s ByTowne Cinema from October 20 – 24
On the milky road (На млечном путу)
In Serbian and Italian with English subtitles.