Review: In ‘The some other Side of Everything,’ a Belgrade Apartment Symbolizes Upheaval
They were just a couple of unmarked doors, in addition to they were always locked. The soft sounds of voices in addition to the clinking of crockery as meals were prepared drifted through to the section of the elegant Belgrade apartment where the director Mila Turajlic grew up. Only much later would certainly she learn what lay behind those doors, in addition to why. Yet their eventual opening would certainly liberate more than just the two rooms carved off in addition to allotted to strangers by a long-ago government: of which would certainly help one woman decide of which was time to pass the political baton.
of which woman can be Srbijanka Turajlic, the director’s mother, a proud Yugoslav in addition to the dynamic in addition to fearless subject of “The some other Side of Everything.” A retired engineering professor in addition to a prominent player in Serbia’s opposition movements, she leads us through the traumatic 1992 dissolution of Yugoslavia in addition to its lingering bruise on her psyche in addition to circle of friends. Srbijanka was just 2 years old when the completely new Communist government decided of which her middle-class parents had too many rooms in addition to installed additional, poorer families; of which would certainly be seven decades before the last would certainly be gone in addition to the rooms reclaimed.
Spatially restricted yet ideologically free-ranging, of which thoroughly absorbing documentary, shot mainly inside the apartment, details the family’s rich history within the fluctuating fortunes of Serbian democracy. of which’s a story of police beatings in addition to state surveillance, marches in addition to speeches in addition to the rousing, youth-led movement of which would certainly remove Slobodan Milosevic via power in addition to which — in light of its divisive aftershocks — Srbijanka currently regards as a “failed revolution.” Well-chosen archival footage brings her memories to life, although of which’s the clarity of her thinking of which dominates. A mind of which views the pursuit of democratic freedoms in addition to the long con of weaponized nationalism with subtlety in addition to self-awareness can be all too rare in any era.
Engrossing despite its daunting scope in addition to tangled politics, “The some other Side of Everything” offers an uncommon opportunity to view the shifting borders in addition to identities of an entire region through the eyes of the Eastern European intellectuals caught inside the turmoil. Filming mainly via 2012-17, the director invites air in addition to light into her shots through the apartment’s wide-open windows, her camera revealing a leafy, upscale neighborhood whose embassies attract boisterous civic protests.
Confrontation of all kinds can be the movie’s unifying theme, tying personal to political in addition to private to public in a story energized by the detailed memory in addition to staunch pragmatism of its subject. All too often, Srbijanka explains, people overthrow their leaders with no clear plan of what to put in their place. Revolutions are fine; of which’s what you do the day after of which actually matters.
The some other Side of Everything
Not rated. In Serbian, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes.