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Shot on location in a remote mountain district of Croatia, this 1969 drama follows a wedding procession making its way across an arid plain to a village where the banquet will be held, as the men's machismo and partisanship simmer and eventually boil over. Director Krsto Papic alternates between ethnographic documentary and Eisensteinian allegory, a frustrating juxtaposition since the ululating songs and high-stepping dances frequently interrupt the narrative. When the elements do mesh (as in a rape sequence accentuated by the staccato steps of dancers), the emotional payoff is substantial, and Vjenceslav Oreskovic's cinematography heightens the bleak mood. 75 min.


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