A coming of age tale that only Europeans can tell.
The joy to be able to review a Croatian film! When this movie popped up onto the World Movies channel I didn't think much of it. I mean there was no indication that this was from Croatia at first glance. A bit of research and howdy doody – it was!! What can I say? The Europeans continue to entertain and disturb at the same time; yep, Quit Staring At My Plate is one of those flicks!!
The costume design is authentic. Katarina Pilić, deservedly won an award for the realistic look of lower income earners in Croatia. The character of Zoran deserves special mention. Zoran (the brother of Marijana), played superbly by Nikša Butijer, is an overweight simpleton with no ambition and wears the same unattractive clothes everyday – usually t-shirt and shorts no matter where he goes - which is never very far.
Overall, it's a film that rightfully deserves praise. There's always beauty in the bland and stale. Director Nina Jušić could be one to watch out for.
Written by Matthew
'How is that decent Marijana?'
Trivia: The film has won 17 awards as of writing.