Mirage (2006)

A young man growing up in a blighted landscape turns inside himself for comfort in this drama. Marko (Marko Kovacevic) is a 13-year-old boy growing up in war-torn Macedonia who is the constant target of thuggish bullies at school, who… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 28, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Ristovski's debut feature is unremittingly grim and powerful.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Marko is clearly a stand-in for an exhausted country, and the symbolism is, at times, oppressively heavy. But Ristovski needs us to feel his nation's torment, and he succeeds.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

A tense, gripping drama that urges Macedonians to reject the empty platitudes and conflicts of the past for a bold new future vision, and succeeds showing how false hope can indeed be the opiate that keeps people from taking direct action.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

It is not often that one is confronted with a cinematic social statement so nihilistic and so devoid of hope -- not merely for an individual, but for the whole world around him.

Eddie Cockrell

Though its downward trajectory may be obvious, the script is a marvel of clarity, economy and metaphor.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The social situation at the heart of 'Mirage/Iluzija' is so fraught with political implication that the film hits on both levels.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Drab, despairing and pointless.

Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

It's a grim look at the life of one boy in a country that, at least in Mr. Ristovski's view, seems to have nothing but grimness to offer.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Svetozar Ristovski drags the corpse of Billy Elliott through sewer water in his appropriately titled Mirage--the film is so unreal, only a starved and weak-kneed cinesnob will be suckered in by it.

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