Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Raindance 2012: Vegetarian Cannibal AKA Ljudozder vegetarijanac

Danko (Rene Bitorajac) is a doctor in the a fertility clinic, praised by his colleagues as being a leader in his field, few get to see exactly what Danko is, but a leader is something he certainly is not. Coming on to women who work with him, abusing his position, carrying out illegal abortions are the only things Danko is good at. As well as being bad at what he does, he mixes his social pleasures with corrupt cops, and Croatian gangsters. But as the pressure to move up the ladder grows, and his addiction to prescription medication increases, things slip out of his grasp, pressure from the cops, and medical negligence are the order of the day, can Danko keep ahead. 

Vegetarian Cannibal is a movie that lures you in by its title, the double negative aspect encouraging you in, and while in principle the title seems at opposites with each other, when you see the movie the title makes perfect sense.

Written and directed by Branko Schmidt (based on a novel by Ivo Balenovic), Vegetarian Cannibal is one of those rare movies that have you following the villain of the piece, you really on some subliminal level want him to get away with his crimes, even though you despise him and everything he stands for.

The story moves along at a nice pace, with Danko moving from one dilemma to another, then back again, having to cover old ground that he thought he had previously “dealt with”.  It’s the ultimate yo-yo effect movie, but it captivates and pulls you in.

Delivering the shock factor is obviously the intention of the director, early on we get to see a vicious dog fight, which shows dogs fighting to the death (we are told that no dogs were harmed in the making of the movie), then towards the end we see a pretty grotesque abortion, that becomes even worse when you focus on the matter in the petri dish.

Vegetarian Cannibal is a gripping addictive movie, with a fairly good but simple soundtrack. It captivates and holds you, and as the end credits begin to roll, you are already thinking about what might happen next… The sign of a very good movie!

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