Summer in the Golden Valley | Chicago Reader

Summer in the Golden Valley

Yet another entry in the “worst place in the world” competition, from first-time director Srdjan Vuletic, though the unofficial arbiter for this sort of thing, Lars von Trier, probably won?t be impressed. The candidate here is war-ravaged Sarajevo, nestled in Bosnia's “golden valley,” where aspiring nasty boy Fikret (Haris Sijaric) laments his lot amid the local devastation. Trying to raise money to pay off a debt so his father can be buried according to Muslim rites, he gets involved with a rapper friend in a kidnapping scam engineered by a pair of corrupt cops—which of course he bungles because, as the flint-hearted rich-girl victim puts it, he's “just too good” (or maybe she means feckless) for this scuzzy town. One part Alan Clarke and four parts TV cop show pretty well sums it up, though oddly enough the city itself (white minarets, pretty blue tram, a panoply of new construction) looks fairly inviting. Somebody get out the Frommer's. In Serbo-Croatian with subtitles. 104 min.

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