When Father Was Away On Business

1985, Movie, R, 144 mins

When Father Was Away On Business
Director Emir Kusturica deservedly won the prestigious Golden Palm at Cannes with this complex, moving drama, his second feature.

It is the early 1950s in Yugoslavia, which, under the leadership of Marshal Tito, has broken with the USSR. No-one can be sure if their next-door neighbor is just shooting off his mouth, or deliberately trying to bait someone else into making an anti-government statement. If that happens, police arrive in the middle of the night and the individual is soon "away on business." Malik (Moreno D'E Bartolli) is the 6-year-old child who narrates the story of his father, Mesha (Miki Manojlovic), a privileged Labor Ministry official who is sen...

Released: 1985 Rated: R Length: 144 mins

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