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Original Title :
Gori vatra
Genre :
Movie / Comedy / Drama
Year :
Directror :
Pjer Zalica
Cast :
Enis Beslagic,Bogdan Diklic,Sasa Petrovic
Writer :
Pjer Zalica
Type :
Time :
1h 45min
Rating :
Gori vatra (2003) Online

In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there's a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body's missing. Adnan's siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father's decline. It's announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children's choir learns "House of the Rising Sun." Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother's death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Enis Beslagic Enis Beslagic - Faruk
Bogdan Diklic Bogdan Diklic - Zaim
Sasa Petrovic Sasa Petrovic - Husnija
Izudin Bajrovic Izudin Bajrovic - Mugdim
Jasna Zalica Jasna Zalica - Hitka
Senad Basic Senad Basic - Velija
Admir Glamocak Admir Glamocak - Hamdo
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic Emir Hadzihafizbegovic - Stanko
Fedja Stukan Fedja Stukan - Adnan
Gordana Boban Gordana Boban - Prevodilica
Aleksandar Seksan Aleksandar Seksan - Pic
Hubert Kramar Hubert Kramar - Supervizor
Almir Cehajic Almir Cehajic - Osman (as Almir Cehajic-Batko)
Ana Vilenica Ana Vilenica - Azra
Amra Kapidzic Amra Kapidzic - Amra

User reviews



I don't normally recommend films here in IMDB, but this one is a 4-star endeavor from a relatively new filmmaker from Bosnia. The USA title is FUSE so keep your eye out for it if it gets distributed here. If you liked the Oscar-winning Bosnian film "No Man's Land" then this film should be right up your alley. In this story, instead of the Serbs and Bosnians fighting they are forced to join together to welcome the arrival of an American President to their area. Excellent cast and very good blend of humor and poignancy. I really can't recommend this film highly enough and I wonder why no USA distributors have glommed onto it (somebody's asleep at the wheel). It will be screened in New York City for the New Director's festival (courtesy of MOMA and LCFS) in the next couple weeks...if you're in the neighborhood this is BEST BET if there ever was one!


This bittersweet comedy is set in a tiny, rustic village where Serbs and Muslims still carry memories of war, where arms caches continue to be uncovered and an uneasy peace reigns.

The town has a mayor, but a gangster and a cop really rule the roost. Cocky, lank-haired operator Velija owns the local brothel - controlling imported girls by confiscating their passports - and illegally runs Kurdish and Chinese people into Croatia for a tidy profit. The local chief of police provides Velija's business with protection in return for a healthy cut. International inspectors are trying to re-educate - and foster harmony among - the local fire brigade of Serbs and Muslims; things work after a fashion, but hatreds run deep - returning Serbs are shunned and verbal abuse is commonplace.

Everything changes, though, with the announcement that Bill Clinton will be visiting their village in the next few days. Crime has to be swept under the carpet and a false, but clean, facade must be erected.

With its wonderful mix of gently farcical elements reminiscent of so many great Yugoslav films of previous eras (Milos Forman's The Firemen's Ball also comes to mind), Zalica's portrait of post-war Bosnia is loving, but brutally honest. His ironic eye poignantly registers tragedy all around - most notably in the moving portrait of the former police chief, Zaim, who mourns the adult son he lost in the war. When Zaim digs his gun out of the garden and sets off to settle scores on the eve of the President's visit, drama is imminent.

Fuse is a remarkable work about a catastrophic legacy, told with humour and an unerring sense of the irrational, very real tragedy of the Bosnian war.


In the two years since the official end of the Bosnian "civil" war in late 1995, wartime conditions fester on in the little Muslim town where this film is set. Lack of goods breeds a robust black market. Lack of money means lousy health care and schools. Vengeful rage between Muslim villagers and Serbs from an adjacent town simmers close to the surface daily. Land mines continue to kill and maim. A broken old man carries on conversations with the dead son who visits him regularly. And then intriguing news arrives: U.S. President Bill Clinton is coming to visit.

The mayor immediately grasps the possibilities here: putting his town on the map, attracting tourists and fresh capital. He sets about hiding or destroying any evidence of malfeasance and unrest. Even the firemen of the town are forced to buddy up to their Serb counterparts nearby, in a show of solidarity and mended fences. Serbs are exhorted to spend a day in the town, pretending to have returned permanently. On the day of Clinton's visit, the mayor even finds a gaudy necktie to wear that is covered with dollar signs ($).

The American song rehearsed by school kids for the reception is "House of the Rising Sun," quite apt in a place where the flesh trade is an important aspect of the local economy. Myriad such ironies, along with dark humor, corruption, Romany musical riffs, and violence barely contained - in short, all the usual ingredients of films from the fragmented states of the former Yugoslavia - are on display here.

The story, written by the director, Mr. Zalica, is first rate, weaving individual dramas affecting several characters within the larger subtext, the seriously blighted condition that continues to typify Bosnia. The director, who teaches his craft in Sarajevo, evokes excellent performances from nearly every actor here, especially Bagdan Diklic, who plays Zaim, the aging former police chief; Izudin Bajrovic as Mugdim, the powerful, duplicitous fellow who replaced Zaim as Chief; Admir Glamocak as Hamdo, the skinny, cynical fireman; and Senad Basic as Velija, kingpin of illicit trade in the area.

Things go seriously amiss at the end, though all is not lost. As Elvis Mitchell so nicely put it, writing in the New York Times, "The title of (this) incident-filled but relaxed and oddly courtly comedy-drama isn't exactly misleading. Watching the story unfold is akin to watching a ridiculously extended fuse burn for so long that you almost forget there's a bomb at the end."

I would rank this film only a little lower on my "Yugoslavian implosion" favorites list than Emir Kusturica's stunning and bitterly funny hit film, "Underground." "Fuse" is currently part of the touring Global Lens 2005 series. This film deserves wider commercial distribution in the U.S. (In Bosnian, or Serbo-Croatian if you prefer, & English). My rating: 7.5/10 (low B+). (Seen on 04/17/05). If you'd like to read more of my reviews, send me a message for directions to my websites.


When I looked at the vote I could not believe it scored a 6.9. I'm happy to see that many voters gave this film a straight 10, which I concur with wholeheartedly. Surely the 1's and 2's are not about the film, possibly politically motivated. The film has a lot to tell, and does so in a very intelligent way. These are real people, the thin veneer of magic realism adds to the atmosphere and reminds us of how absurd life often is. The film shows us the aftermath of an ethnic conflict, yet irony beats tragedy, game, set and match in this film. Superb acting, fast paced, good montage. History tends to paint big events in black and white, yet with this film the viewer realizes again that on a human scale life if full of nuances.


This is a good movie.

It shows many aspects of life in the aftermath of Bosnian war in one small village on the border of Bosnian and Serbian entity. Border represents a place where people will come together eventually.

Movie starts with a land mine explosion which maim young woman. Her father will take her to Germany where they were living during the war. He will say: Bosnia will never see me again.

For those who stay there life goes on.

There is mafia business going on which involves human trafficking, prostitution and black market with some police forces involved. Everyday life taken to extremes in the aftermath of war. City coming to normality (if ever, but life will find its ways and definitively an attempt has to be made). Supposed coming of American president to the village serves as backbone around all the life stories circles.

Real central story is chief policeman Zaim (went insane after his soon died in Serbia) search for his soon. He has contacts with ghost of his soon. These are beautifully shown moments of the tortured soul looking for peace. He will find peace in suicidal explosion which burns his whole house and kills him. Hence the name of the film Fire's burning. Acoompanying music is House of the Rising Soon. His younger son receives condolence from his fire-fighters colleagues - Serbs and Bosnian. At the end of movie, younger son tells to ghosts of his brother and father that they should leave him alone for a while.

All parts of the movie are crafted excellently with subtle details.


Fuse as the title suggests is a story about patience. It's about a wonders of normal people living in an abnormal situation, about their hope for a better life, about their temper, and about whoever knows any ex-Yugoslavs about their famous temper, their fuse. Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 years after a war which ravaged this region for so long. Tesanj is a small not so important village on which surface you can see good neighborhoods, local market, honest people, tradition and friendliness. But underneath there is hunger, hidden dangerous minefields, ethnical intolerance, widespread and well organized criminal, prostitution and total corruption. Then suddenly out of nowhere amazing information comes in. American president personally is planning a visit to this in the middle of nowhere village, so the race against time starts to clean up the corrupted system and establish some missing democracy. The dialogues are memorable and the local humor is highly original but like in the past standout classics ("No man's Land, Pretty Willage Pretty Flame) the irony of the after-war situation is very well captured.

Its fascinating how effortlessly the whole surreal situation of this once beautiful country is portrayed trough some series of tragic-comic scenes. Like Pjer Zalica commented himself; "We were brave to laugh at our troubles and problems during the past difficult decade. I've realized that during the war years I was doing war documentaries and war movies, still after all this there is belief in the better life" That is exactly the message that you like a viewer should get from this movie, that after all the darkness there can only be light, and that as their original humor the optimism in Bosnia and Herzegovina is very much alive.

Andreja Kmetovic


On one level, I find Pjer Zalica's "Gori vatra" (called "Fuse" in English) interesting because it shows us a culture that we rarely get to see. But beyond that, I like it's focus on people's lives and associations. The movie portrays a small town in Bosnia. The town has seen its share of problems, and tensions persist between the Bosnians and Serbs. That's when they hear that Bill Clinton will be visiting. Not only does everyone do their darnedest to fix up the town, but a diplomat comes to try and make peace between the Bosnians and Serbs, and some of the characters realize the flaws in their relationships with each other and the come to understand the mistakes that they've made in their lives. All the while, the local children are learning The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" to sing to Clinton. But a surprise lies in wait.

So is the main focus on the results of the 1990s civil war in the Balkans, or on another aspect? Hard to say exactly. But I will say that I admired the movie, as a look at how recent history has affected the people in the region, and as a look at how sudden events throw people's lives into flux. Worth seeing.