No Man's Land

September 19th, 2001


No Man's Land

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Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 8.0/10 (24,015 voted)

Critic's Score: 84/100

Director: Danis Tanovic

Stars: Branko Djuric, Rene Bitorajac, Filip Sovagovic

After various skirmishes, two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, confront each other in a trench in the no man's land between their lines. They wait for dark, trading insults and even finding some common ground; sometimes one has the gun, sometimes the other, sometimes both. Things get complicated when another wounded Bosnian comes to, but can't move because a bouncing mine is beneath him. The two men cooperate to wave white flags, their lines call the UN (whose high command tries not to help), an English reporter shows up, a French sergeant shows courage, and the three men in no man's land may or may not find a way to all get along.

Branko Djuric - Ciki
Rene Bitorajac - Nino
Filip Sovagovic - Cera
Georges Siatidis - Marchand
Serge-Henri Valcke - Dubois
Sacha Kremer - Michel
Alain Eloy - Pierre
Mustafa Nadarevic - Old Serbian soldier
Bogdan Diklic - Serbian officer
Simon Callow - Soft
Katrin Cartlidge - Jane Livingstone
Tanja Ribic - Martha
Branko Zavrsan - Deminer
Djuro Utjesanovic - Bosnian guide
Mirza Tanovic - Bosnian officer


Official Website: [United States] Awards, release dates | Océan Films [France] (French) |

Release Date: 19 September 2001

Filming Locations: Slovenia

Box Office Details

Budget: FRF 14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $22,645 (USA) (9 December 2001) (2 Screens)

Gross: $1,059,830 (USA) (27 May 2002)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Turkey: (TV version)

Continuity: After Ciki shoots Nino and the old soldier, he loads the other of the together taped magazines in the rifle and makes a loading movement, thus cycling the first round in the chamber. A bit later, in the "who started the war scene" in the bunker, Ciki shouts "who started the war?" and makes another loading movement, which would cause the first round to be ejected (unspent) from the rifle. Yet no round is ejected.

Jane Livingstone: Neutrality does not exist in the face of murder. Doing nothing to stop it is, in fact, choosing. It is not being neutral.

User Review

not a light-hearted chick-flick, but beautiful in every single respect

Rating: 9/10

i hate it when reviews go over the plot in detail. some scenes are there just for the reason of creating ambiance, mood. they might build up a story for the next move by a certain character, etc.

This is why i despise the only review above.

The movie is not a romantic picture you'd take your date out on Feb 14. Well, neither Feb 15, 16, and so on.

On the other hand, it is not "overdone" as Saving Private Ryan. As usual in life, it's got some humor, some drama, some mediocrity, some insanity. I'm not much of a critic, just a normal person, but i totally believed and "lived the movie" with the actors. They played beautifully. All of them. All three were outstanding by my standards ( again, which might be low for a critic )

What i can comment on with more understanding is camera work. 10 out of 10. Nothing extra to distract you from the main line. Even drama is in small doses, not to lose you in your own feelings.

It is not entertainment. It is more of an art. Watch it. Alone. And reflect on it.


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