Two homicide detectives are on a hunt in the mountainous woods for a killer whose mysterious presence and gruesome evidence resembles a local legend.
Alex and Selma are a couple in love on a trip to the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina to discover more about each other. Lost and seemingly surrounded by land mines a pair of locals offer to guide them home.
Personally, I am a fan of the slow burn. Lots of people seem to be a little turned off by that in many of the reviews that I read, but that might just be a product of the times. I feel that a slow emersion into a setting is the only really effective way of creating true horror. Maybe the world has been plagued by action-horror for so long, or maybe everybody just has shorter attention spans, or maybe… I’m a self-righteous asshole that thinks other people need to see things the same way I do; probably it’s all of the above.
One thing that I really like about the growing scene of horror is getting to experience stories from other cultures. We get new monsters, new fairytales, new war atrocities, and new cultural norms. Granted, sometimes that can limit our “suspension of disbelief”, but I find that a lot of the time it allows me more disbelief because I have little standing to compare it to. The cultural issues between the Bosnians and the Serbs are ones that I knew existed while knowing little about it. I still know little. The one thing that I know now is that there’s a lot more there to know.
My only complaint would be the level of “supernaturalness”, either have it or don’t. Don’t tease my imagination. This isn’t one of those movies where it ends up being all a dream, but it did leave a little of that taste in my mouth.