It’s a highly effective coup de theatre from Bebjak and screenwriter Peter Balko, as it illustrates so many things at once.
On the surface, it suggests Krajnak’s standing at the top of the food chain, as well as Ivor’s plucky, if clearly also somewhat naive, character.
“I do have a girlfriend, yes, she’s a sweetheart,” the self-proclaimed “saved” Christian admitted. Funny thing is, I told somebody that that’s the girl I wanted to be with before I ever met her.
The arrival of the Schengen Agreement in Europe did not only lead to the virtual disappearance of border checks and stops between states within the Schengen Area, but also to a greatly reinforced outer border.
The latter is a useful fact to keep in mind when watching the sprawling yet frequently intense thriller-drama ), which focuses on a gang of smugglers funneling Ukrainian contraband into the European Union in the fall of 2007, just before Slovakia joined the Schengen Area.
The filmmakers thus respect the rules of the genre, but also the very modest place where the story is set, with Bebjak wisely avoiding crazy car chases, massive explosions or epic shoot-outs.
That doesn’t mean that there is no violence — quite the contrary, actually — but rather that it sticks to the kind of brutality that feels believable in the context of its small-town setting.
As a mainstream entertainment, includes a lot of the familiar tropes from the crime, thriller and family-drama genres.
But Bebjak and Balko use these in function of a specifically local story, with the cinematography showcasing the region’s dark forests, dilapidated, neon-lit gas stations, unremarkable villages, countless border crossings and one especially eerie location: a fully flooded quarry that manages to look especially foreboding in broad daylight.
“I met this girl named Ciara who was the most beautiful woman in the world, the most kind person, the most engaging person, everything that I could ever want,” he explained.
“She was on tour and I was looking at her in the mirror, and she was sitting there. Because I know y’all have seen her on the screen now. Pray for me, keep my mind clear, keep my heart clear.” Wilson went on to talk about the plan he felt God had for them as a couple.
Slavo Solovic’s swirling, increasingly sinister score further completes what is an impressively assembled package.
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Jona is trying to get Krajnak to agree to the suggestion of the Ukrainian crime boss, Krull (Stanislav Boklan), to profit from the last couple of months of a relatively open border between the two countries and also start moving quantities of drugs, but Krajnak remains unconvinced.