1980. Yugoslavia. Goran Paskaljevic. 94 min.
Sunday, January 20, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1980. Yugoslavia. Directed by Goran Paskaljevic. Screenplay by Paskaljevic, Dusan Kovacevic. With Ljuba Tadic, Milena Dravic, Dusica Zegarac, Danilo Bata Stojkovic. Paskaljevic's wry and soulful portrait of practices in an alcohol treatment clinic is a mischievous look at the abuse of power. The head doctor, an autocrat, uses unorthodox tactics—including the music of Richard Wagner, the flapping of hands, the eating of apples, and amateur theatricals—to cajole his reluctant patients into sobriety. When he brings his wards to perform in a brewery, all does not go as planned. The film may be read as a comic metaphor for a benign totalitarianism. In Serbo-Croatian; English subtitles. 94 min.