Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 17th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Serbia, 2008
Director: Uros Stajanovic
Writers: Batric Nenezic, Aleksandar Radivojevic, Uros Stojanovic
Cast: Katarina Radivojevic, Sonja Kolacaric, Stefan Kapicic, Nenad Jezdic
DVD released: September 20th, 2010
Approximate running time: 86 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Serbo-Croatian
Subtitles: English (Burnt-in)
DVD Release: Icon Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £17.99
Synopsis: Two sisters, who live in a village that no longer has any men due to war. They have been chosen by the other women of their village to look for a man to bring back to the village. After searching high and low for a man and often walking away empty handed. One day the stumble upon not one, but two men. And when the times comes to head back to their village. The two sisters, who by this time have each latched on to a man. They reluctantly head back to their village.
Every now and then comes along a film that reminds us what is so special about the art making films. Sure most films are made for commerce and there are also many films that are made by filmmakers with artistic aspirations (that often get altered due to the aforementioned commerce aspect of cinema). Trying to do something different is a rare achievement in modern cinema. And while I would be the first to admit that I am not expert on Serbian cinema (this film was my first exposure to Serbian cinema). I am eager to check out more Serbian films after viewing the delightfully charming Tears for Sale.
To say that this film is quirky, would be an understatement. Right from the get go its quickly becomes apparent that this film is deeply rooted in fantasy and what is about to unfold before our very eyes is a whimsical tale in which anything is possible. Some of the more fantastical elements featured in this story include a vineyard that is riff with landmines and this also happens to be this villages only source of income. So each day the woman who draws the shortest straw has to go into the vineyard and try to retrieve grapes for making wine. There is also a character who shoots himself out of a cannon.
First and foremost, Tears for Sale is visual feast for the eyes that is at times reminiscent of the cinematic style often employed by filmmakers like Terry Gilliam and Jean Pierre Jeunet. Another area where this film excels are the performances from its entire cast, especially its two leading ladies Katarina Radivojevic and Sonja Kolacaric (who have been cast in the roles of the two sisters at the heart of this story).
Icon Home Entertainment presents Tears for Sale in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio. Colors look robust and flesh tones look healthy. Black levels are solid and details look crisp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Serbo-Croatian and English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout. Also the audio mix does a great job with more ambient aspects of the soundtrack.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for The Vintner’s Luck (2 minutes 9 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Overall Tears for Sale gets a strong audio / video presentation from Icon Home Entertainment.