Anica lives in New Belgrade, a miserable district of tower blocks and concrete. She is mistress to Milutin, a wealthly local criminal who owns a solarium and runs a protection racket. Anica is determined not to grow old in this dump where neither love nor life seems to offer her a decent future. One grey winter’s day Anica has an idea to steal money from Milutin’s safe, get on a plane and leave the country forever.
Scooping a ‘Best Director’ award for Stefan Arsenijevic at the Sofia International Film Festival, ‘Love And Other Crimes’ has drawn praise for its unusual premise and original storyline. Anica is bored, amidst the post-Communist greyness of downtown Belgrade, and her feckless lover, aging petty gangster Milutin. Anica decides to steal Milutin’s ill-gotten gains from his safe and flee. But when the appointed day arrives, fate has a few shocks in store. While Anica makes her farewells, she is oblivious to the fact that for those around her, it’s also a day of revelations, shocks, surprises and even unexpected declarations of love… Lauded for its inspired cinematography and inventive story, ‘Love And Other Crimes’ is richly populated by a superb cast of disaffected losers and star-crossed dreamers, Arsenijevic carefully balances his protagonists’ dreaming and scheming with gentle commentary on life in the post-Communist era.
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