Love

Can a film be too brilliant for its own good? I wouldn't think so, but something about the interweaving of disparate lives in this 2005 urban thriller detached me from it, almost as much as the lonely characters seem detached from their New York surroundings. Like writer-director Vladan Nikolic, some of them are refugees from the Balkan wars—a hit man (Sergei Trifunovic), a German doctor (Geno Lechner)—and whether their actions are deemed criminal or humanitarian seems more a trick of fate than a matter of personal morality. Others seem sad by vocation, like an aging drag queen (Didier Flamand) and a cop who's dating the doctor (Peter Gevisser). Nikolic assembles all the pieces with dispassionate skill. 93 min.

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