The Living and the Dead
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First-time feature filmmaker Kristijan Milic teams with writer Josip Mlakic for this screen adaptation of Mlakic's popular novel following two tales of 20th century bloodshed in Bosnia. Alternating between warfare in 1943 and 1993, Milic and Mlakic's dark war drama highlights the haunting sameness of both battles by following a squadron of HVO (Bosnian Croat) soldiers as they walk the same path and face the same treachery that their Domobran (defenders of the Croat Independent State) forefathers did just 50 years prior. Chief among the HVO team is sympathetic soldier Tomo -- whose… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Living and the Dead is not an easy movie to sit through, and its darkness may be a little mannered, but it's an elegant construction with real emotions buried deep inside."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"This is great filmmaking in the sense that overplayed virtuoso guitar shredding is great music -- which is to say, not at all."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Part neo-gothic horror, part empathetic schizoid freak-out, The Living and the Dead suggests an unlikely cross between Spider and Requiem for a Dream."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"[F]ans of small horror stories and British indies with a dark side will certainly be entertained, though cross-over appeal to non-horror fans will probably be limited."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"This is a truly haunted movie."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A striking study of madness that skirts horror territory."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A devious and admirably twisted little mind-bender of a genre flick."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
"A bizarre psychological study of degeneration and dependency, The Living and the Dead is a horror movie only in the most literal sense."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"...has elements of horror, as the plethora of knives and hypodermic needles point to, but this is a unique entry for those who like thought-provoking concepts served up with their grue."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"So genuinely horrific and unrelentingly sad and grim, many people will not have the stomach for it."
‑ Jeremy Knox, Film Threat
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