[ONE NIGHT ONLY] Human rights drama meets buddy comedy in this curious tale, based on true events, of pride and prejudice in modern-day Serbia. Limun, a gangster-turned-judo fighter for hire, wants to give his Bridezilla fiancée the ceremony of her dreams. But he balks after meeting their wedding coordinator, Mirko, a gay activist—and the partner of the mild-mannered veterinarian, Radmilo, who saved Limun’s cherished pooch at gunpoint. Upon discovery of their respective significant others, Radmilo and Limun strike an uneasy deal: The thug will provide protection for Mirko, who’s staging a gay pride parade in Belgrade despite persistent nationalist homophobia and attacks by local skinheads, and Mirko will deliver the nuptials. “When it comes to love, there’s no difference between a criminal and a faggot,” Radmilo reasons, in what sends Limun—flying solo after his band of bigots opts out of the job—on a soul-searching recruiting mission. Writer-director Srdjan Dragojevic strikes a brisk balance between screwball, sometimes lowbrow humor—the rapport between Limun and his henchmen is over-the-top homoerotic—and relentless hate speech and ambushes. With its stock characters, upbeat soundtrack and more broad strokes than you can shake a brush at, The Parade is neither a subtle nor probing affair. Still, it’s an entertaining one, helped by fine performances and droll references to The Magnificent Seven.
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- Release Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
- Critic's Score: B
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