About

Milena is a middle-aged wife and mother ensconced comfortably behind a gate in an upscale suburb of Belgrade. She quietly tends to her looks, dutifully cooks and entertains, and meets her friends for choir practice. She makes love with her husband and they socialize jauntily with a group of old friends. But unsettling realities are beginning to seep into Milena’s consciousness and disrupt her ordered world. One day while cleaning, she happens upon a videotape that incriminates her husband in horrific war crimes. A Good Wife is the story of how this secret reverberates in Milena’s life and eventually changes her.

Thanks to a superb performance by Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, who also wrote the layered script and directed with aplomb, Milena’s combination of cautious reticence and regal decorum is mesmerizing. The camera lingers close on her face, revealing an interior conflict that would be otherwise imperceptible. There’s a quiet intensity in every scene, where drama is unleashed in subtle looks and gestures, and the legacy of the Balkan War lives on in the most intimate places.

YEAR 2016

SECTION World Drama

COUNTRY Serbia/Bosnia/Croatia

RUN TIME 94 min

LANGUAGE Serbian

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY This and That Productions

WEBSITE http://www.thisandthat.rs

EMAIL snezana.penev@gmail.com

Credits

Director
Screenwriter
Producer
Cinematographer
Editor
Composer
Co Producer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Executive Producer
Line Producer
Actor

Artist Bio

Mirjana Karanovic

Mirjana Karanovic is a Serbian actress known for many important roles in Balkan films. Her most memorable role was in Jasmila Zbanic’s Gbravica: The Land of My Dreams, for which she won a number of awards and a nomination for the 2006 European Film Award. As a human rights activist, Karanovic won the Winning of Freedom Award for women promoting human rights, rule of law, democracy, and tolerance. A Good Wife is her directorial debut.