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Constitution (The)

Country: Croatia | Czech Republic | Slovenia | Republic of Macedonia, Language: Croatian, 90 mins

Original Title

Ustav Republike Hrvatske
  • Director: Rajko Grlic
  • Writer: Rajko Grlic; Ante Tomic
  • Producer: Rudolf Biermann; Mike Downey

CGiii Comment

Nothing quite like a gay Nazi to get your blood boiling!

Vjeko Kralj is openly gay, he likes to dress as a woman, he's successful, he's a right-wing bigot, he's a snob...not exactly a very pleasant man...who finds himself the victim of an homophobic attack. An attack that could be his catalyst for change!

This is a dark portrait of a man who lives in the past, cares for his dying father and besmirches the very notion of equality...especially between Serbs and Croats. A complex character indeed...drifting between superiority and reactionary, he is the oddest of cogs in the brave new world.

It all sounds rather dour, doesn't it? And, it is...that is, until Maja walks in, like a breath of fresh...her kindness and understanding are a joy to behold. Where there should be conflict, she appeases, where there is a problem, she resolves to solve it...this woman should be scooped up by the United Nations.

Desperate times require desperate measures...asking for help is never easy, accepting it - [especially] from the 'other side' - is a cause célèbre...a learning curve like no other, pride has to be swallowed, bigotry has to be choked, lives should be lived in peace.

Rajko Grlic has taken on some mighty bigs issues and juggled them with precision....mixing metaphors as skillfully as switching the mood. Indeed, there is humour offsetting the gloom...and there's a joy which is underpinned by a distinct chill.

This is serious filmmaking by a serious voice...a voice that needs to be heard.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding marital status, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to open up to each other and recognize the essential humanity each of them possesses.

Cast & Characters

Nebojsa Glogovac as Vjeko Kralj;
Dejan Acimovic as Ante Samardzic;
Ksenija Marinkovic as Maja Samardzic;
Bozidar Smiljanic as Hrvoje Kralj;
Mladen Hren as Ivan Stazic;
Matija Cigir as Bobanovic;
Zdenko Jelcic as Pater Tomislav;
Robert Ugrina as Damir Pivac;
Zeljko Konigsknecht as Miroslav Plese;
Jelena Jovanova as Policajka;
Berislav Tomicic as Policajac #1;
Rudi Pavlovic as Policajac #2;
Radomir Saraden as Trovac pasa;
Luka Dragic as Jozo Slokovic;
Daria Lorenci as Socijalna radnica