Young lovers in ‘The Disobedient’
January 24, 2014
There’s an element of Mina uki ‘s coming-of-age film "The Disobedient" that seems to be drawn from a fairy tale, as two childhood sweethearts leave the unhappiness and responsibility of adulthood behind to romp through the Serbian countryside on a spontaneous bike ride with no set destination. At the same time, the film captures a more morose atmosphere as it becomes clear to the audience that not all the tension between the exceedingly immature leads is romantic.
Depressed and dysfunctional, Leni (Hana Selimovic ) is reunited with Lazar (Mladen Sovilj ), her best friend from childhood, when he returns from years abroad for his father’s funeral. Immediately drawn to each other, the two destroy their phones and leave for a bicycle trip that seems to have no goal except mischief, disobedience, and an irresponsible lifestyle.
The pair sleep where they want and eat what they want, attempting to delve back into the magic of happier times. They find their fun in bothering peddlers at a farmer’s market, crashing a wedding, and showing a general sense of disrespect toward others. Unfortunately, that same disrespect carries into their own relationship. Throughout the journey the two rarely speak and seem embarrassingly out of sync with one another. While playful at times, the "love" between Leni and Lazar seems more and more forced as the film progresses.
The film’s cinematography is beautiful; the golden Serbian countryside comes to life as Leni explores it, fiery hair draped over a pure white frock. Emotions displayed in the film are very powerful as Leni tries desperately to restore something that may already be gone. In the end, the film spins the tale of two "mates" that appear to have lost the truly soulful connection that once bound them together.
"The Disobedient," a Sundance World Dramatic Film, will screen once more during the festival on Saturday, Jan. 25, at noon at Holiday Village Cinema 2 in Park City.