Uroš Stojanović | 2008 | 86 mins | Serbia
It's hard to describe Tears for Sale, and I'm afraid that my status as a born & bred Serb doesn't really help much. Essentially a fairy tale set in post WWI rural Serbia, it tells the tale of a village of women whose husbands and sons have all been killed after years of war. The idyllic little mountain village is full of frustrated women who've gone so long without a man's touch that most of them have no idea what it even feels like anymore.
When sisters Boginja and Ognjenka are accused of killing the village's last man, they must leave the safety of their homes to find a replacement in just three days, or be cursed forever. The two venture out in good faith, but as soon as they catch a glimpse of the outside world and all the men in it, personal desires and jealousies take them off the righteous path.
The weird, disjointed fantasy/fable plot is really secondary to the lush, sumptuous visuals, gorgeous Serbian babes and heart-stopping score composed by longtime Wong Kar-wai collaborator Shigeru Umebayashi. There's a bit of political commentary here (not only about the WWI era, during which the country did lose more than two thirds of its male population, but also about more recent skirmishes), but I think we can safely just refer to this one as a "feast for the senses" and leave it at that.