Magazine article Screen International

'Panama': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'Panama': Review

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Dir. Pavle Vuckovic. Serbia, 2015. 105 min.

Strictly designed for audiences in their late teens, Pavle Vukcevic's Panama is about a no-strings-attached love affair which turns into an obsessive search for a truth that does not exist. Accompanied by images of Belgrade's changing landscape and crammed with sex scenes and Internet age intrusions, this film may be a faithful image of the younger Serbian generation but it not a particularly discerning one. Youth oriented festivals might show some interest, but otherwise, this ambitious debut delivers less than expected.

Jovan (Sloven Doslo), apparently the offspring of a wealthy family, goes back to his architecture studies after gallivanting around Belgrade for some time. Accepted back into the faculty without a problem thanks to a professor who happens to be a friend of the family, he spends most of his time with his pal Milan (Milos Pjevac) a natural-born loafer and inveterate skirt chaser, whose countless one night stands have to end with one blowjob, he claims. Meeting Maja (Jovana Stojiljkovic) in a club, Jovan manages, despite the deafening noise, to tell her he is interested but not prepared to commit to a relationship. She accepts, torrid sex follows, she is great in bed but addicted to the smartphone that never leaves her side, which makes him uncomfortable.

They date regularly, sex gets hotter all the time, but though he reminds her occasionally that she shouldn't take it seriously, he is the one who is finally hooked, can't get her out of his mind and is tormented by her enigmatic Facebook posts. …

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