Milea: Suara Dari Dilan is a remarkable film. There are no wasted words, no dramatic distractions and no lines that get crossed off your script. The director uses his experiences in Bosnia as a means of reflecting on the myriad of complex emotions we experience while living and loving with someone who is very sick. There is a palpable weight and reality to this film that makes it a significant achievement for all concerned.
The plot, structured around the struggle of two husband and wife, takes place over a period of seven months in 1991, when the Bosnian War was still in full swing. The husband - who has lost his mind completely from post-traumatic stress disorder following the aftermath of his wife's rape, becomes increasingly paranoid, trying to protect his family from the relentless advances of an unseen assailant, even if the attacker is not human but something far more sinister and horrifying.
While those who have seen the film describe it as a macabre fairy tale, the real pleasure lies in the metaphorical vision presented by this epic story. After a decade of war, the scars that were left behind, and the inability of both men and women to forget about their history, means that they are all now back at square one; this time, in their home town. This is what Milea: Suara Dari Dilan represents: the longing for a simpler, happier past, a past where there was less need for division, and more care in peace.
The film's screenplay is by Vojislav Plapkovsky, whose novels and short stories focus on themes that mirror those of the author's life. He has a gifted ear for detail and is able to convey the various emotions with the use of sound and sight, an approach that is elegantly employed in this feature. As a result, the film is both visual and aural, able to evoke deep and abiding feelings that will have you hopingfor change.
Such changes are achieved through scenes that feature some of the most memorable sound sequences in recent film history. This is a testament to the skill of the special effects department, which conjures up a multitude of emotions with its use of lighting, sound and special effects.
The visual nature of the film, featuring brilliantly symbolic and moving images, is aided by the way in which the film has been shot and edited. It is apparent that the directors and producers of Milea: Suara Dari Dilan wanted to make a film that people would not soon forget, and as such, opted to make the film as close to real life as possible.
This also helps to ensure that the storytelling is equally effective, whether you are watching the film in Croatia or in a Hollywood Studios. The stories are told with remarkable precision, leading the audience to connect emotionally with the characters, and helping to give the film a distinctly cinematic feel. However, this does not mean that the film should be taken at face value, because it has been expertly edited and made to look as cinematic as possible.
By using the abilities of a number of cutting-edge equipment, the directors and producers of Milea: Suara Dari Dilan have managed to deliver a film that is both visually and aurally striking, but never loses sight of the story itself. The stark realism of the scenes and their evocative power, make the film one of the best films ever made.