‘Good Wife’ faces unpleasant truths in post-war Balkans


The repressed return with a vengeance in “A Good Wife,” a classically styled directorial debut for acclaimed actress Mirjana Karanovic, who also takes the lead role in this tale of a middle-aged woman in postwar Serbia forced to face several unpleasant truths, Alissa Simon writes for Variety:

Milena (Karanovic) is a nice-looking, 50-ish housewife with a comfortable home in a small Vojvodina suburb, not far from Belgrade. As part of a generation of women in thrall to their husbands, who consider motherhood and homemaking their primary role, Milena feels well off compared to many of her friends. Although hubby Vlada (Boris Isakovic, who recently played a nasty piece of work in the Dutch Oscar submission “The Paradise Suite”) may not be the tenderest or most sensitive man in the world, he is a good provider of material things — and not a skirt chaser, unlike others in his former paramilitary unit. Yet it also saddens her that he is estranged from their eldest daughter Natasha (Hristina Popovic), who works for a human rights NGO in Belgrade.

A This and That production in co-production (Serbia-Bosnia-Herzegovina-Croatia) with Deblokada, Cineplanet, Nukleus Film, with the support of Pokrajinski Sekretarijat za Kulturu i Javno Informisanje, Film Center Serbia, Fond za Otvoreno Drustvo, National Endowment for Democracy [the Washington-based democracy assistance group], Norwegian Embassy Belgrade, Fondacija za kinematografiju Sarajevo, Radio-Television Vojvodine, SEE Cinema Network….

It’s a film about a woman who discovers her husband’s war crimes and must decide how to respond.

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