Otac na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business)
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Otac na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business)
The Yugoslavian When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na Sluzbenoh Putu) takes place in the early 1950s. The title is a euphemism: because of the strained relationship between Yugoslavia and the USSR, various private citizens have disappeared in the middle of the night, accompanied by the police. One such "vanishing" individual is Miki Manojlovic, the father of 6-year old Moreno D'E Bartolli, from whose viewpoint this story is told When Manojlovic, an employee in the labor ministry is whisked away to prison, his family reacts with pride, assuring one and all that he is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This charming saga, winner of the top Cannes Film Fest award, tells the story of one family in Yugoslavia circa the eraly 1950s, when politics invased every aspect of life."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Offers a revealing glimpse of life in Yugoslavia during the 1950s, a time of political transition."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A beautifully observed, impeccably performed piece of Chekhovian drama in which a boy, his family and society all sleepwalk through the nightmare of Yugoslavia's Titoist reformation."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Karanovic turns Kusturica's tendency to make an epic out of everything he touches into something that's worth the agonies of his extended sentimentality."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals