If The Ape can be called "nasty", Branko Schmidt's Metastases (Croatia, in Competition) is downright brutal. The spreading cancer the title alludes to is not medical, but socio-political. Alcohol, drugs, intolerance, forced prostitution, domestic violence, neo-nazism reborn are but some of the problems that affect a group of four low-middle-aged men. The action takes place in Croatia, but it could happen in any country in the world – check your favorite paper or TV channel. Some have described this film as a "Croatian Trainspotting with older people". Difficult to gauge. If the dialogue (an almost lyrical stream of foul-mouthitude) feels cut-and-pasted from real life, the English subtitles do not do it justice – although, in all fairness, that may be an impossible task.
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