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And more...IFFB review of Ivan & Ivana


Another must-see film at the IFFBoston.

***1/2
IVAN & IVANA

89 MINUTES | SOMERVILLE THEATRE APRIL 30 @2:30 PM + MAY 1 @ 8:15 PM

Times were tough for Ivan and Ivana in Kosovo in 2000 in the midst of the civil war, as the opening of  Jeff Silva's low key but moving documentary shows: the place is a wasteland of ruins and burnt out vehicles and snow. Six years later in San Diego they seem to be on Easy Street with a bungalow and two sports cars. Plus $1.3 million in debt - a problem that doesn't become any more manageable two years later when the economy tanks.  Personable, smart and attractive, the Serbian couple got sucked into the culture of debt and consumption, and they're story looks like it might turn into an updated, real life version of Werner Herzog's Stroszek. But life goes on, together and separately, and Silva is on hand recording it all, an off screen voice that is genial, inquisitive and supportive. A film not so much about war and peace and the economy as it is about time and what it wastes and what it leaves behind.

_Peter Keough

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