Otac na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business)
Otac na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business) (1985)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 12, 1985
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a revealing glimpse of life in Yugoslavia during the 1950s, a time of political transition.

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Anton Bitel

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.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Caesar Mendez
I tend to read friends reviews because I always want something new experience and it helps me discover gems that I otherwise would have never seen. Which brings… More
Panta Oz
One of my favourite movies of all times! Best Yugoslav movie ever! Kusturica became legend with it and there is a reason why!Everything is done perfectly… More