Suburbs
Vinko Möderndorfer

Synopsis

Marjan and his group of friends are disturbed by a young couple of foreign nationality moving to their suburbs. Through a secret filming of the young lovers the tragic fates of these friends, who keep blaming others for their own misfortune, are revealed. Suburbs is a film of developing xenophobia and nationalism. It is a story about the suburbs in the human soul.

director's statement

Suburbs is a film about middle generation men, who spend their evenings at the suburban bowling alley, pondering their lives in humorous discussions. However, these discussions uncover the stories of their lives, which are mostly unrealised, squandered, lost and miserable. The well-intentioned and seemingly amusing patrons of the suburban bowling alley become more and more dangerous as a young couple of a foreign nationality moves into the suburbs. On the horizon of the two young lives the misery of the suburban men can be seen even more clearly. From a simple, funny and entertaining idea of secretly filming the young couple's lovemaking arises a terrible image of irrational xenophobic hatred that always blames others for its own misery. This hatred contains a clear parallel with the rise of fascism and the worshipping of national purity, the consequence of which is ethnic cleansing and all civilizational evil, which has despite the tragic experience of the second world war reappeared in the Balkans part of Europe in the end of the twentieth century.

The story of the suburban men and the young couple definitely reaches its peak in the bizarre but deeply symbolic Sunday hobby of the protagonists, who for fun and also out of conviction that they are performing a hygienic mission, beneficial for the society, kill stray dogs, who seek shelter in their suburbs without an owner and pedigree.

Suburbs is a film about the worst suburbs of all. It is a story about the suburbs in the human soul. I am convinced that in this the story of Suburbs is universal, since it discusses the reasons for the irrational hatred, which unfortunately still smoulders all over our common Europe.

Crew

director and screenwriter
producer
director of photography
music by
Jani Golob
editor
sound designer
sound recordist
Marjan Cimperman
script advisor (dramaturgist)
Blaž Lukan
production designer
Andrej Stražišar
costume designer
make up artist
co-producer
production manager

Actors

Marjan
Renato Jenček
Fredi
Slavko
Lojz
Silvo Božič
Nebojša
Jasmina
Maja Lešnik
Štefanija
Alenka Cilenšek
Ema
Katarina
Marinka Štern
Mojca
Katarina Stegnar
Kuhar

Data

Year
2004
Genre
feature
Film format 
35mm 
Video format 
35mm 
Lenght 24fps 
90 minut 
Length 25fps 
2552 metrov 
Sound 
Dolby Digital SR-D 
aspect ratio 
2,35:1 
color 
color 
language 
slovensko 
translation 
english, hrvatski 
 
 
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