Vegetarian Cannibal – Total False Advertising
I’d really hoped this was going to be about some vegetarians that start eating people but no, it’s some Serbian Film shit but from a different country. Mike’s ghoul boner is likely at half mast already.
Laced with explicit sex, late term abortions and animal violence Branko Schmidt’s new Croatian effort Vegetarian Cannibalmay very well be this year’s A Serbian Film in terms of its willingness to push hot button topics to the extreme in the name of social commentary.
Dr Danko Babić (Rene Bitorajac) is a successful gynecologist in his mid-30s. Although clearly an expert in his field, he is an unscrupulously ambitious and utterly despicable person. Babić’s best friend is chief police inspector Ilija (Leon Lučev), with whom he takes part in sport-betting scams, and who leads him to ‘controversial businessman’ Jedinko (Emir Hadžihafizbegović). Jedinko deals in hard drugs and high-end prostitution (naturally, with police support), and needs a gynecologist to take care of his ‘employees’, meaning doing illegal abortions for the pros. It all represents government, organized crime and corruption working hand-in-hand, typical of Croatian society.
A multiple award winner at the Pula Film Festival – where it took both best director and best actor prizes, among others – the trailer for this one is gritty, nasty stuff. Check it below.