Enclave (2015): Realistic depiction of life in post-war Kosovo

What is it about?

Nenad is ten years old and has no friends. This is mostly due to the fact that his family is the only Serbian family in a Kosovo village. Nenad is the only student in his school and he gets there in an armored vehicle. Otherwise, he would probably get killed.

He lives with his father and grandfather who are too stubborn to move to a more friendly area. Or maybe they just don’t have anywhere to go as they are poor.

When Nenad’s grandfather dies, Nenad will do everything to organize him a proper burial. But in a village where everyone hates him and his family, this will prove a difficult task.

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

    The story and the atmosphere are rather gloomy and I don’t think your kid would enjoy it.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

    No. It’s not a fun, light-hearted movie that’s date-friendly.

  • For what age and gender is it intended?

    For everyone who wants to see a powerful post-war drama that explores relations between opposing nations.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

    No.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?

    No.

  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. Don’t blame and hate an entire nations because of a few psychopaths who only wanted death and destruction. Every nation has plenty of good, decent people.

  • Is it based on something?

    No.

Similar movies like “The Enclave”?

You can try with “The Perfect Day”, “No Man’s Land”, “Welcome to Sarajevo”,  “Esma’s Secret – Grbavica”, and “The Red Colored Gray Truck”.

Judgment time!

It’s always hard to make a movie about two opposing nations and remain objective, but I feel like “The Enclave” managed to achieve that. It’s a beautiful movie that shows us the people’s state of mind and the atmosphere in post-war Kosovo. Nobody’s a saint, and nobody is pure evil. Everyone has it’s reasons for their actions. Most of the time, these reasons are irrational, but they are reasons nevertheless.

Filip Subaric did a great job portraying Nenad. You can easily believe that this boy never had a real friend in his entire life and doesn’t know anything about the world outside of his tiny village. He has a golden heart and doesn’t hate or judge anyone. Nobody taught him to hate. That’s what makes it even harder for him to live in such a hostile environment. And yet, he endures everything with a smile.

I give this fantastic movie 8/10.

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