For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (2013) Film Review

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Bosnia and Herzegovina 82 mins

While it feels like a documentary in many ways, For Those Who Can Tell No Tales is a fiction that is based on the real events of Kym Vercoe’s trips to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Visiting the stunning town of Visegrad in the middle of summer, Kym has an odd experience, and it is only when researching on her return to Australia that she discovers a very deep, dark and horrific secret. She is haunted by this, and eventually is compelled to return and see if she can put her own mind at rest.

This film is just so thought-provoking; how does a country that was torn apart by a war with atrocities that are unthinkable rebuild? It is a question that is so important to many countries around the world because of the continuing horrors that will leave many countries broken. It also raises the question of the place of the outside eye to judge. When you come to a country to holiday and visit, how much of the past should you know?

I felt that the film could have used a bit more work on the structure, most particularly the end. Although perhaps that is because these questions are too hard to answer, and any ending would have left me hanging.

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales screens at ACMI on Saturday May 10 at 6pm. For more information, visit http://hraff.org.au/. Tickets available at the ACMI box office or call 8663 2583.

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