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Earnest hatred of war boils in Jolie's 'Blood'
FILM: IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (FILMDISTRICT)
AVER ES MEZ FOLDJEN
Director: Angelina Jolie; Cast: Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Rade Serbedzija
Though sufficiently well made to suggest a viable career behind the camera for debutante writer-director Angelina Jolie, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" seems to spring less from artistic conviction than from an over-earnest humanitarian impulse. Centered around the sexually charged bond between two people on different sides of the Bosnian War, this alternately disturbing and titillating picture reps a dramatically misguided attempt to renew public awareness of the 1992-95 Balkan conflict. Jolie's name and do-gooder cachet should lend the film a modest commercial profile, though its horrors-of-war hand-wringing will do little to challenge the apathy of the mainstream.
There have been a number of films made about Westerners caught up in war-torn …