The Optimists (Optimisti)
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The Optimists (Optimisti)
The five stories in The Optimists are inspired by Voltaire's famous satirical novel Candide and its motto: "Optimism is insisting everything is good, when everything is bad." The setting is present day, post-Milosevic Serbia. Painted with black humour, these stories reflect a time filled with hope and despair, real optimism and false; a time when fiction and reality co-exist side by side, and when many people fish in the troubled waters of lost illusions. The acclaimed actor Lazar Ristovski ("Underground", "The Powder Keg" aka "Cabaret Balkan" in the… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The screenplay is blunt and to the point, and the performances are subtly tinged with a surreal comic edge."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"These five stories set in post-Milosevic Serbia are unrelated beyond their general air of disillusionment, providing little satisfaction individually or as a whole."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"This autumnal statement compensates for its fixed despair with bracing wit and a willingness to see acceptance of misery as the best of all possible options."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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