- In the 1990’s, singer-songwriter Milan Mumin, the lead singer of the hugely influential Serbian rock band, Love Hunters, electrified and gave voice to a generation of Serbians fighting an oppressive regime.
- Now, after ten years, we find Milan in New York City, driving a taxi (long shifts and loopy fares), cobbling together funds for a recording session of his dream album—to be recorded and released in America.
- When his bass guitar player suddenly quits, he finds a talented but prickly replacement, and a romantic spark, in a free-spirited guitarist named Kim.
- Just as rehearsals start picking up steam, Milan’s longtime Serbian girlfriend Lela arrives with very different plans for their future—she wants him to come home to Serbia where his reputation will let him be anything he wants—but Milan is determined to make his recording—in America, at any cost.
What We Thought:
- Let me just say how pleasantly surprised I was by Love Hunter.
- Milan Mumin plays a former famed musician from Serbia also named “Milan” and is now a cab driver in NYC writing an album to record in a studio in America.
- Love Hunters features a bunch of “actors” who either pull off their roles extremely well (like cab drivers Milan speaks too that look and act like real-life cab drivers) or are simply neorealist in nature.
- Most of the people Milan comes in contact with in this film basically only have this movie on their IMDB filmography.
- Milan’s hunt for a bass player for the album takes up a good portion of the 1st act, but finally finds Kim, a bassist in NYC to help with the recording sessions.
- This relationship ends up overshadowing the impending visit of his visiting Serbian girlfriend, who wants Milan to return to Serbia rather than record an album in America.
- Milan has to choose where his heart will go: his long-term Serbian girlfriend that clearly doesn’t have the same interests as him, or this new fling that’s come into his life but absolutely gets the dream Milan has to be a full-time musician and write/record his own album.
- Some of the more interesting scenes in the film are the ones that mirror Taxicab Confessionals where Milan is talking to his passengers and they reveal issues in their lives, pouring their hearts out to a cab driver they don’t even know.
- I wasn’t sure until about halfway through the film when they show actual footage of Milan on stage from the 90’s in his band that Milan’s character’s back-story was just for the film or if it was autobiographical.
- Anyway, like I said, consider me pleasantly surprised by this film, especially with the atypical ending.
- Deleted Scenes
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Milan Mumin
Recommended if You Like:
- Modern neorealism
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