Waiting for the blow
If he moves, they’ll all be blown to bits.
Danis Tanovic’s dark-humored fable, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is both topical and entertaining. But whether it does its subject justice, with or without entertainment, is open to question. As an absurdist comedy on the futility of this particular war, it may be a little too comfortable in both its amusements and its ironies.
Having a Bosnian and a Serb play out a de-Yugoslavized version of Waiting for Godot is an ingenious notion. But the satirical dimensions provided via a UN commander/peace-keeper (Simon Callow) and a hotshot cable news correspondent (Katrin Cartlidge) nudge No Man’s Land toward the detached caricatures of sketch comedy TV and editorial cartoons. Tragicomedy is apt, but not when it’s this painless.