Tears for Sale Uroš Stojanovic

Tears for Sale is essentially a fairy tale set in post WWI rural Serbia; it tells the story of a village of women whose husbands and sons have all been killed after years of war. The idyllic little mountain village is full of frustrated women who’ve gone so long without a man’s touch that most of them have no idea what it even feels like anymore.

When sisters Boginja and Ognjenka are accused of killing the village’s last man, they must leave the safety of their homes to find a replacement in just three days or be cursed forever. The two venture out in good faith but as soon as they catch a glimpse of the outside world and all the men in it, personal desires and jealousies take them off the righteous path.

When they meet a mysterious dancer, whose specialty is seducing women with the Charlston, and his partner, a strongman who shoots himself out of a cannon (with the same intent), the two sisters have found their perfect match. Of course, the idea of taking their new beaus back home to be devoured by a bunch of man-starved villagers starts seeming less and less appealing as time goes by.

The weird, disjointed fantasy/fable plot is secondary to the lush, sumptuous visuals, gorgeous Serbian babes and heart-stopping score composed by long-time Wong Kar-wai collaborator Shigeru Umebayashi. There’s a bit of political commentary (not only about the WWI era, during which the country did lose more than two-thirds of its male population, but also about more recent skirmishes), but I think we can safely just refer to this one as a "feast for the senses” and leave it at that. (Blue Pen)