Guardian of the Frontier | Chicago Reader

Guardian of the Frontier

Billed as the first Slovenian film directed by a woman, this 2001 feature by Maja Weiss is an allegory about sexual and political boundaries, but its own murky border between fantasy and reality makes it hard to fathom. Three young college women in bikinis canoe down the Kolpa River, a sylvan setting stocked with right-wing nationalists, refugees from China, and an assortment of vague bogeymen. At a traditional festival they hear a self-styled “guardian of the frontier” rail against city girls with piercings and no boyfriends who'd “rather have parties than families.” As two of the women busy themselves flirting with each other, the third smiles weirdly toward the shadowy forest, whose inhabitants range from a psychotic killer to the mythical King of the Forest. Weiss stirs a promising cauldron of ideas, but ultimately it boils over into nonsense. In Slovenian with subtitles. 98 min.

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