Milk and Honey (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #3) by Faye KellermanIn the silent pre-dawn city hours -- alone with his thoughts about Rina Lazarus, the woman he loves, three thousand miles away in New York -- LAPD detective Peter Decker finds a small child, abandoned and covered in blood that is not hers. It is a sobering discovery, and a perplexing one, for nobody in the development where she was found steps forward to claim the little girl. Obsessed more deeply by this case than he imagined possible, Decker is determined to follow the scant clues to an answer. But his trail is leading him to a killing ground where four bodies lie still and lifeless. And by the time Rina returns, Peter Decker is already held fast in a sticky mass of hatred, passion, and murder -- in a world where intense sweetness is accompanied by a deadly sting.
In a Fractured Society, Ethnic War Kindles Both Hatred and Desire
On one hand, it wants to be a thoughtful, adult romantic drama that happens to be set during a period of rather ghastly civil war. As a result, much of the picture feels like a glorified book report, with characters ham-fistedly explaining the nature of the conflict, the living conditions of the victims, and character arcs. But no matter how noble its intentions, the film fails as a history lesson and a stand-alone drama. The film, in brief, concerns a very tricky romantic relationship that develops between a conflicted Serbian soldier Goran Kostic and a young Bosnian woman Zana Marjanovic who ends up living in captivity under his watch during the civil strife. While Danijel is not a rapist, he and Ajla have not a prior romantic relationship but a mere flirtation before war sets in. Their relationship is presented in a coldly objective fashion, and most of their sex scenes are film in the same quasi-static detail as the several rape sequences throughout the film.
Angelina Jolie's directorial debut gets the Bosnian war right, but preaches its message clumsily. After all, the film, which takes place during the Bosnian conflict in the early s, is standard Academy catnip: a historical, war-time drama helmed by Hollywood royalty. And it's getting plenty of media attention. Jolie has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show and Anderson to field questions about what it's like to go from hair and makeup to yelling "action! Given all this, it's reasonable to wonder whether Jolie is in the game for a Best Director nod at the Oscars, or at the very least for a lesser nomination Best Song , perhaps? After seeing the film and Jolie's many plugs for it, I don't think she's doing any serious Oscar-baiting. Certainly, the reviews for her movie have been mixed enough that it hasn't shaped up to be much of a serious awards contender.
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If Angelina Jolie wanted to create a film that is both jarring and unforgettable, she has succeeded. Jolie's new movie In the Land of Blood and Honey is memorable not only for its graphic scenes of war, but also its strong display of the abuse of women in war and its argument in favor of humanitarian intervention. The film takes place during the s Bosnian War and follows a tumultuous romance between a Bosnian Muslim woman, Ajla, and a Bosnian Serb man, Danijel.
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The movie opens in right before the fighting started and soon after Ajla Zana Marjanovic , an artist and a Muslim, goes on a date with Danijel Goran Kostic , a cop and a Bosnian Serb. The old world falls away and in its place there is dust, blood and Ajla and Danijel staggering toward their newly divided worlds. - A lot of us probably had our doubts about this one — in retrospect, unfair doubts and probably not a little bit sexist ones. A Hollywood vanity project, for sure.
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The film, Jolie's first commercial release as a director, depicts a love story set against the background of the Bosnian War. It opened in the United States on December 23, , in a limited theatrical release. They enjoy the evening together, but many of the patrons are killed and Danijel is badly injured when the club is destroyed by artillery fire, signifying the opening salvo of the Bosnian War. Some months later, Ajla and her sister Lejla prepare to flee the now besieged city, but their neighborhood is occupied by the Army of Republika Srpska before they can escape. The men are separated from the women, and then taken away to be executed, while Ajla and several other younger, more attractive women are taken away on buses to a Serb rape camp.