The Optimists (Optimisti)

Rated NR 98 minutes

Filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic spins five tales of life in post-millennium Serbia in this provocative omnibus combining elements of comedy and drama. First, a hypnotist arrives in a small village that has been leveled by floods. The mesmerist offers his services to the community, but the residents are suspicious of his motives. Next, a woman is sexually assaulted by the man who owns the firm where she works. Her father is also employed by the same man, but when he seeks revenge, he realizes how powerless he is in this situation. In episode three, a young man loses the money earmarked for his father's funeral in a gambling spree. Desperate to win it back, he turns to an elderly woman who has been enjoying remarkable luck at the slot machines. Part four concerns a doctor who is called to examine the son of a man who operates a slaughterhouse. The boy has developed a dangerous enthusiasm for bloodshed, but the doctor doesn't realize the full ramifications of the boy's attitude until he escapes his family's home. And finally, a confidence man promising new health to a group of ailing and elderly people leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere en route to taking the cure. Optimisti (aka The Optimists) received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Goran Paskaljevic

Writer: Goran Paskaljevic and Vladimir Paskaljevic

Producer: Goran Paskaljevic

Cast: Lazar Ristovski, Tihomir Arsic, Mira Banjac, Ivan Bekjarev, Petar Bozovic, Nebojsa Glogovac, Dusan Janicijevic, Dragan Jovanovic, Kalina Kovacevic and Miodrag Krstovic

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