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No Man's Land

2001
Drama
War
1h 38m
Ciki and Nino, a Bosnian and a Serb, are soldiers stranded in No Man's Land -- a trench between enemy lines during the Bosnian war. They have no one to trust, no way to escape without getting shot, and a fellow soldier is lying on the trench floor with a spring-loaded bomb set to explode beneath him if he moves. The absurdity of their situation would be comical if it didn't have such dire consequences. (United Artists / MGM)
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No Man's Land

2001
Drama
War
1h 38m
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Rated 11 Jan 2010
86
84th
It's nice to films with a simple premise succeed. It's not a complex story, even though the background of the film most certainly is, but it captures deep realities in the character interactions and 90 minutes of tension. I seem to be not quite satisfied with endings lately and this is no exception, but I can see why it is the way it is.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
70th
Just like a punch in the face, this film is a simple, brutal and very effective way to say something. Sometimes it's very healthy to be punched. Highly recommended, not perhaps as a film, but as a story and a message it carries.
Rated 08 Apr 2009
92
83rd
No Man's Land is an absolute imperious and nearly infallible triumph. In the soldiers' anomalous situation, Tanovic manages to pull all the right strings. Absorbing and ferociously penetrating, it also censures and notably criticizes the impracticality and futilities of our modern world in which we inhabit. However, the ending is exiguous and you ultimately feel wanting and despondent. An ironic yet tragic drama that ranks as one of the best foreign films I've ever seen.
Rated 13 Aug 2010
8
79th
Personally didn't like the television reporter angle to the story and could of lived with her character being abolished. Intriguing premise in an all round solid movie.
Rated 17 Dec 2006
80
61st
Sometimes there's something so hopelessly absurd about a terrible situation that it can't help but be wickedly funny. Two soldiers -- one from each side -- together in a trench in no man's land, with a third man lying on top of a mine that will explode if he moves? That's pretty absurd. I could've done without some of the scenes with the pushy TV reporter, and the spare time could've been filled with more scenes with the soldiers in the trench.
Rated 12 Jan 2008
92
97th
Contained in a small story about three men and one mine is a burning critisism against all the evils and wrongs of the modern world. The ending is by itself worthy of a hundred points.
Rated 11 Dec 2015
80
69th
What seemed like sharp, subtle satire back in high school comes off a little broad and nihilistic to me today, but it's still an effective and compelling allegory, and it explores its high concept in interesting ways, even if Tanovic rushes through some details a little too much at the end in the orchestration of his devastating final shot.
Rated 04 Apr 2009
79
65th
The story is great and the actors are very believable but the directing is subpar and the two soldiers are shown in a way too negative light. Can't believe this stole Amélie's Oscar.
Rated 30 Jul 2012
90
80th
A true under the radar gem. No film has so directly and effectively attacked the absurdity of war.
Rated 08 Jan 2011
25
61st
"No Man's Land may end with an honest blip yet its history is remiss." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 30 May 2011
95
94th
An excellent movie about the Bosnia war with an ending you won't soon forget.
Rated 17 Mar 2012
75
64th
Engaging throughout. Would have given it an 80 if not for the overly pompous portrayal of the British UN official.
Rated 22 Mar 2012
35
25th
Unfortunately the acting and cinematography are quite weak and really drag the film down. There are also several pointless characters who have way too many lines. Would have been better if the whole film was just the three men in the trench, trying to figure a way out of their predicament.
Rated 05 Apr 2012
72
49th
A biting look at the Bosnian-Serbian war in the microcosm of a trench between enemy lines. It's particularly scathing of the UN involvement which at times is farcical. The film is most effective when concentrating on the soldiers, less so with the broad caricatures of the UN generals and the press.
Rated 07 Mar 2010
76
63rd
This is a great story, believable, touching, but the addition of the scenes with the pesky journalist and the snobbish british official are a farce.
Rated 22 Sep 2012
75
73rd
Horrible. You should watch it.
Rated 20 Dec 2018
70
60th
The movie is alright, but it never wowed me. The acting isn't always the best either. The final shot is pretty good though.
Rated 22 Jun 2019
82
83rd
Simple story that says a lot within its runtime.
Rated 25 Oct 2020
89
87th
One of the best films released on 2001. I don't like war-films, generally. But this one is very unique. It shows war from totally different point of view. And this does comply not only the "hatred" between serbs and bosnians but also to any "vicious" neighbors.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
80
70th
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Rated 24 Oct 2021
85
82nd
A striking drama / satire where attempts at heroism or just plain dignity fight against the absurdity of war and politics ... guess who wins :)
Rated 02 Dec 2010
75
74th
Remember it being good but disappointing, to me.
Rated 28 Jun 2010
56
16th
Sadece sonunu begendimi soylemeliyim. Yoksa daha dusuk bir puan verecektim.
Rated 14 Apr 2009
93
99th
Just a perfect combination of black comedy, satire, cutting political commentary and tension. Tanovic created a war movie where we care about no-one and everyone, and the plot device which restricts us to the one location is so clever without being gimmicky. The fact that it could work as a play proves how top-notch the script is. A truly remarkable debut.
Rated 10 Nov 2008
85
65th
This movie is not just a drama -- it asks some really important questions. The post-modern undertones bring depth to an already extremely watch-able movie. I highly recommend this movie, particular to students of philosophy or political theory.
Rated 02 Nov 2008
66
26th
Interesting ideas, but I don't think it was particularly well made. Some pushy lines, too.
Rated 18 Sep 2008
70
28th
yeah right
Rated 29 May 2008
83
83rd
easily the best movie ever to come out of the region, in fact gives me an intense desire to watch more. a fantastic war movie, where, the war takes the back seat to human drama--usually something i dont appreciate, but in this case it is awesome.
Rated 14 Apr 2008
50
42nd
So moving and boring!
Rated 27 Jan 2008
65
85th
Human.
Rated 18 Nov 2007
75
53rd
18 Kasim 07 & kanal8 - saat 21:00
Rated 21 Sep 2007
3
61st
Great film, but the ending irritated the hell out of me. I wish it had just been the three men for the film's entire duration.
Rated 24 Aug 2007
68
64th
Good
Rated 02 Mar 2007
65
73rd
Quite good.

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