The Trap

Synopsis: "THE TRAP" is a modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian (Eastern European) 'society in transition.' It's a story that could happen to you. It is a film about an ordinary man, who is forced to choose between life and death of his own child. THE TRAP is a film about post-Milosevic Serbia, in which there is no more war, but there is moral and existential desert, about Serbia in transition, in which human life still isn't worth a lot, about normal life which still seems unreachable.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Srdan Golubovic
Production: Film Movement
  8 wins & 1 nomination.
106 min

Have him call me when he wakes up.

I love you too.

None of this

should've happened.

Chief' shall I clean it?

It'll shine. It's on me.

I shouldn't be feeling

the way I do.

Nor thinking what I'm thinking.

Everything is...

Everything is a mess.

That's why I'm trying to do

the right thing now.

If anything right can be done.

Now, go, go!

You dried your hair?

- Yeah.

Why are you angry?

Coming in fifth isn't that bad.

It was second! - How many

of you were there, three? - Don't.

I'm only joking.

Well done, you did great!

Can't touch me!

Can't you play without fighting?

I'm not fighting. She's throwing snowballs at me.

OK. Let me introduce you.

He is Nemanja. What's your name?

Go on, tell them your name.

Her name is Isidora.

Only she isn't in a good mood.

Are you cold? Oh!

Your hands are totally frozen!

Here, my gloves aren't wet.

She can give them back afterwards.

- Thanks.

Isidora's a bit spoiled by her dad.

Fathers and their daughters...

We haven't seen you around.

- No, we moved here recently.

Well, see you around.

Isidora! Let's go.

- Hey, the gloves!


Wow, early class today. I'm running late.

- Hang on!

The clock's wrong.

- No, silly!

Stay a bit longer.

- I'm really late.

You're taking Nemanja today.

Don't forget to give him breakfast.

And... what else...

Nothing. Talk later.

Where do you think you're going? - What?

- Just like that?

Bye. - Bye.

What did we say about this?

No drawing at night, right?

- I couldn't sleep.

Get dressed, you mustn't be late for school.

Dad, can I not go to school today?

- Why not?

I don't feel so.

I'm tired.

- Don't try those tricks on me.

On your feet, let's go!

Everyone in my class has it!

- So what?

What do you all need mobiles for?

- To text each other.

So everybody sends mesagges, excent you?

Me and few others.

Give me two dinars...

Then give me a fag!

Dad, when are we going to the seaside?

- One fine day son.

You'll get the mobile

for your birthday. Alright?

But that's not until the autumn.

- Yeah, so?

Go on, now. Be good.

How's it going, super workers?

Working yourselves to death?

No harder work than no work, boss!

What's the matter, Marko?

Not good, boss.

- What's wrong?

Two tons of iron gone last night.

- How do you mean gone?

Where was the security?

- Says he didn't hear a thing.

Of course, he was wasted.

Or paid not to hear a thing.

Anything new about this privatization, the tender?

Will somebody buy us?

I don't know, Marko,

I'd like to know myself.



What happened, boss?

That, yes, chill out.

Excuse me. Marija, one moment, please.

- Of course.

Where is he?

- Calm down!

I just want to see him.

- Calm down!

Tell me where he is.

- The doctors are with him.

He got sick in PE.

He's gonna he alright.

Please, tell us what's going on!

- Dr Lukic! Hurry up.

When he was younger,

Nemanja liked to frighten me.

He used to swing on a swing real high,

until I became scared.

Yesterday was very dangerous.

A matter of seconds.

The coronary muscle is the problem.

Which type of car do you have?

- Excuse me?

What car do you drive?

Renault 4. Why?

- 'The little giant'.

That's how they used to advertise it,

thirty years ago.

The danger has passed, for now.

Only until the next seizure.

Which can happen in a month,

or a year, maybe a week...

no rules there.

What should we do?

- Only the surgical procedure, as soon as possible.

Not here, unfortunately.

The Berlin Institute, they perform it, Doctor Weininger.

And, it's not covered by our insurance.

You pay the costs yourself.

And how much is it?

I know. But find it somehow.

You should act fast.

Maybe place an ad in the newsganers.

It turns out well for some people.

May you live long and be happy.

We'll help as much as we can,

but it's not much...

Mladen will come up with something.

- 'Come up'?

Does he look like someone who can do that?

Do I look like person who can 'come up with something'?

Our parents never taught us how to come up with things.

I can sell the Golf.

It's old, true, but good.

That's three, maybe three and a half thousand.

Want some cake?

- No, thanks.

Moma, there's no point.

Everything we have is worth less than five grand.

Someone is sure to help.

We regret not being able to help, Mr Pavlovic.

The company you work for cannot guarantee

that you can repay the loan.

You rent your apartment, you have no real estate.

According to this chart, you can't even be granted

a customers' loan of 5 000 euros.

What's so funny about that?

I'm sorry, but if someone sees that I don't smile

while talking to a client,

I could he fired.

This is a foreign bank,

that's the rule.

F***, mate...

I don't know where to find 26 000 euros.

We'll find them.

Where have you been?

- I placed the ad.

That's not what we agreed on.

No, but we have to give it a shot.

It's our only chance.

Why are you looking at me like that?

- Like what?

What's the problem? Your pride, is that it?

That's below you, is that it?

Look at the papers, just look!

'Help Dejan'. 'Help Sanja'.

Who's going to give you that sort of money?


I am not ashamed.

I'm off to pick Nemanja.

- No. I'll go.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry, I'm late. And my phone died on me.

Why are you so frightened?

Thanks for waiting with her.

- Oh, it's nothing.

Take my hand. See you. - Bye.

- Say bye. - Bye.

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