When Father Was Away on Business

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In the wake of the Tito/Kremlin split in the early '50s, little Malik's dad is despatched 'on business' to a labour camp for his Stalinist leanings (and philandering habits). His son stolidly observes the hardship this brings upon the family, takes to sleepwalking, and experiences first love. A few smiles, a few tears, all most unexceptionable: the very stuff, in short, of a festival laureate. Meticulously crafted and full of delightful touches, but there is little to lift this Cannes prize-winner above the ordinary.

Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 136 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Emir Kusturica
Screenwriter: Abdulah Sidran
Cast: Moreno de Bartoli
Miki Manojlovic
Mirjana Karanovic
Mustafa Nadarevic
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