Section: POLSKIE HORYZONTY: The Female Gaze

Dobra Žena

A Good Wife

Mirjana Karanović
Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, 2016, 94 Min

Housewife and mother Milena happens upon an old video cassette, on which her husband can be seen shooting civilians during the war in this directing debut from Serbian actress Mirjana Karanović, who impresses in her role as a wife torn between a crisis of conscience and her duty of loyalty.

Films Boutique

Milena discovers the footage whilst cleaning up the flat, shortly after learning that she has breast cancer. She attempts to banish thoughts of the illness from her mind by making the beds and dusting the cupboards. In the process a little-known chapter from the past comes to light, which in turn sheds light on the present: who is this man with whom I cohabitate? And who are the now adolescent children, with whom meaningful exchange is at best sporadic? The cruel discovery thus coincides with a mid-life crisis, as Karanović oscillates between bouts of affection and desperation with a performance full of psychological depth and a remarkable spectrum of emotional nuances.

An intimate portrait that deals with falsehoods both familial and national, in which protagonist Milena remains at the forefront without, in the process, being reduced to a pawn in a political morality play. The idea behind the film was pitched at coco back in 2012. BB

DCP | Farbe / colour
Mirjana Karanović, Stevan Filipović, Darko Lungulov
Erol Zubčević
Dejan Pejović
Lazar Predojev
Nenad Marković
Dejan Pejović
Mirjana Karanović, Boris Isaković, Bojan Navojec, Jasna Đuričić, Ksenija Marinković, Vlado Kerošević
Snežana Penev
This and That Productions
Deblokada, Nukleus Film
Films Boutique
Giorgia Hülsse
Köpenicker Straße 184
10997 Berlin
Tel.: + 50
Mirjana Karanović

Mirjana Karanović - born 1957 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She came to prominence as a regular cast member in the early works of Emir Kusturica. Her most memorable role to date was the portrayal of Esma in Jasmila Žbanić's GRBAVICA, for which she received several festival awards and a nomination for the European Film Award DOBRA ŽENA is her directing debut.

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