With the notoriety of films like 'A Serbian Film' and 'the Human Centipede', one has to wonder if the genre is on the cusp of a new era of exploitation cinema. Such films, by way of festival success, flirt with the fringes of the common movie audience. While few of them really see genuine mainstream success, they do seem to be gaining mainstream awareness. How and why this particular trend is sinking its claws into the flesh of film is a riddle that may say more about society as a whole than any specific genre.

Without delving into a discussion of postmodernism, it's been said that art is society thinking about itself. It's a way of interpreting the world around us, be it intentional or just some flotsam that floats up to the conscious surface. In regards to 'A Serbian Film', the message and themes are worn on its sleeve.

It's story depicts a male porn star (Srdjan Todorovic) whose hide has calloused from years of depravity. In an effort to reinvigorate himself, he becomes caught up in a film venture that redefines his and the audience's understanding of the reprehensible. He finds himself involved in abhorrently violent movies with children, guided by the hand of a truly disturbed director. Even as he tries to escape, he realizes that his caught up too deeply in the web of drugs, incest, and rape.

While it does have something to say about violence and pornography, it's an obvious political allegory. Screenwriter Srdjan Spasojevic set the movie up as a volley at Serbia's censorship laws, "This is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government," he said. "We're giving this back to you."
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