REQUIEM FOR MRS. J (Serbia, France, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia), 2017, 93`
director: Bojan Vuletić; screenplay: Bojan Vuletić; cast: Mirjana Karanović, Mira Banjac, Srđan Todorović, Boris Isaković, Jovana Gavrilović; festivals: Berlinale, FEST
Jelena has had enough of life. Her husband died a year ago, and she feels tired and lonely – in spite of her two daughters and her mother-in-law who all share her flat. She has decided that, at the end of the week, on the anniversary of her husband’s death, she will commit suicide. She has a pistol ready for the job. But beforehand there are a number of things to sort out: she needs to return an armchair she borrowed from a neighbour and she has to terminate her life insurance policy. She also needs to get a mason to put her portrait photograph on her gravestone and renew her health insurance card. In order to do so, Jelena needs proof that she has been a salaried employee for the past twenty years. Gradually, this quiet, humble woman begins to realise that nothing’s simple in a country that’s constantly swinging back and forth between torment and transition.
Word of critics: „For all its surface misery, Requiem for Mrs. J bubbles along with deliciously deadpan humor and a warm glow of empathy toward its flawed protagonists. Sonically as well as visually, Requiem for Mrs. J has hidden depths. If Wes Anderson made a movie about suicidal Balkan widows, it would probably look like this.“ Stephen Dalton, Hollywod Reporter