Volume 47, Number 14 - March 15, 2010

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Monique Dos Anjos
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MIFF movie review: Ordinary People

By Monique Dos Anjos

Ordinary People, director Vladimir Perisic’s debut film, is a tense drama with minimal dialogue. The use of dialogue honed the film’s message to perfection.

Perisic managed to magnify the ordeals that ordinary people go through when they follow orders. He constructed the film based on non-actor responses to what they would do in each scene.

Despite the lack of sound due to technical difficulties, the silence brought appreciation for the intensity of the film, making its point with more impact.

Prolonged monologues and dialogues were the norm; Perisic made it clear that the way for a film’s significance to be understood is through the reactions to the actions of others.

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