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Consequences

Slovenia, Slovenian, 93 mins

Original Title

Posledice
  • Director: Darko Stante
  • Writer: Darko Stante
  • Producer: Andraz Jeric

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False accusation and the fallout. Be assured, it's grim...watching a young man dissolve in front of your eyes is...as unpleasant as it gets. But...what a film, an agonising white-knuckle ride into despair. Without a doubt, the best first feature of the year! Kudos to Darko Stante and his cast.

These young, relatively inexperienced actors give their self-identified, alpha-male thugs the conviction they need...you wouldn't want to be meeting any these lads on a dark, lonely street. Timon Sturbej does psychopathic scarily well...with a thread of sensitivity that he switches on and off like a light-switch as he also does with his sexual preferences. He has a diminutive side-kick who is rotten to the core...not exactly the best friends a young man can have. That's exactly what the become...Andrej's 'friend' - he won't be needing any enemies with chums like these!

Andrej is 'comfortable' with his sexuality, it's what got him into trouble in the first place. But...unrequited love for a psychopath is always going to end in tears. Darko Stante stretches his characters to breaking point, they all break...in different ways. Matej Zemljic does a remarkable job in bringing Andrej to life...you really do feel for this kid, all his stupid decisions...knowing, in there somewhere, there's a good kid screaming to get out. He doesn't stand a chance!

Consquences is a tough watch...especially in these super-sensitive days when an accusation becomes an automatic indictment. Innocent until proven guilty is - seemingly - a thing of the past! This film certainly looks at responsibility...with a scathing attack on parental responsibility - when should it end? Sould it ever end?

Slovenia is not known for its cinematic output, this mighty fine debut from Mr Stante has put his country on the cinematic map. It really is a remarkable piece of work.


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The(ir) Blurb...

17-year-old delinquent Andrej has a serious chip on his shoulder. When his antisocial behaviour lands him in a youth correctional facility, he quickly falls in with a bad crowd, led by volatile and unpredictable Željko. As the pair of inmates form a tentative friendship, Andrej senses a strong physical attraction is also blossoming. But are Željko’s feelings real, or is he just using Andrej as a pawn in a far more dangerous game? Driven by a commanding performance from rising star Matej Zemljič, who imbues the conflicted Andrej with a palpable sense of silent longing, Darko Štante’s bracingly homoerotic drama resists the familiar traits we might expect from a queer teen narrative, instead offering something more distinctive and seductive.

Cast & Characters

Matej Zemljic as Andrej
Timon Sturbej as Zele
Gasper Markun as Niko
Lovro Zafred as Luka
Lea Cok as Svetlana
Rosana Hribar as Mother
Dejan Spasic as Father
Blaz Setnikar as Teacher Zoran
Iztok Drabik Jug as Teacher Janez
Matjaz Pikalo as Director
Igor Matijevic as Teacher Igor
Maja Sever as Judge
Jette Ostan Vejrup as Social worker
Urban Kuntaric as Mitar

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