Fine Dead Girls (2002) Dalibor Matanić
Global Lens DVD – library
Fine Dead Girls is a film noir set in Croatia. Two young women, Iva (Olga Pakalović, right) and Marija (Nina Violić, left) rent an apartment in the city of Zagreb. They’re just looking for a little quiet in their lives, but Olga (Inge Appelt, below) the landlady seems as if she might be trouble, not just to the women, but to everyone she meets. She’s confrontational, rude and aggressive. Her son Daniel (Krešimir Mikić) tries to hit on Iva, but she’s having none of it. Daniel doesn’t know it, but we do early on: Iva and Marija are lesbians and once the word gets out, there’s no end to the trouble the two women are faced with.
The film contains various subplots which by themselves are also fascinating. It’s marvelously constructed and paced and much to admire, but if I had to choose one word that defines Fine Dead Girls it would be hate. Hate is explored in various ways, all of them powerful, many of them distasteful and revolting, yet you can’t ignore any of them. Fine Dead Girls is a devastatingly powerful film, but difficult to watch, especially in the current climate in which hate is, unfortunately, having a field day. Dalibor Matanić is clearly a talented director and I look forward to seeing more of his work. In Croatian with English subtitles. I watched a DVD from interlibrary loan, but the film is also currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
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