Movie: No Man’s Land (2001)


(Bosnian: Ničija zemlja); Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy, France, Belgium, Britain; Languages: Bosnian, English, French, German)

It’s a war drama by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic set in Bosnia during the war of the 90s. Three soldiers, two Bosnian and other Serb are trapped in no man’s land while neither side will allow the other to come and rescue them. Their problem is compounded as one of the injured Bosnian soldier is lying on a mine which will explode if he moves.

Since either side is unable or not allowed to come to rescue those soldiers, they call on the UN peacekeepers to step in. The UN commander refuses to lend help since the UN forces are there to keep peace and it’s beyond their mandate to get involved in these sort of situations. One officer, however, bypasses his superior and decides to step in. The operation ends in a horrible way.

It’s not full of action and doesn’t have an intense plot as in other war dramas. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most excellent war dramas I have seen. At times ridiculous and at times tragic, this film highlights just how the ultimate victim of war is humanity itself. My rating is 4/5. Here’s the IMDb Link.


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