Luka, a troubled teenager living in a discordant family, takes to violence as a way of expressing himself and escaping his reality.
Ivan Ikic’s debut narrative feature is a dramatic film about small-town Serbian youth and their crumbling values. The story is told through the main character Luka (Zeljko Markovic), a troubled teenager who, lost in his hopeless world, releases his anger through violence.
Living in a discordant family with his brother and unemployed mother, Luka does not get the help or support he really needs. The boy is left to himself. He and his friends are always around a gang which leads a group of local football team supporters. This fanatical, cult-like support of the club acts as a barrier to boredom – and an appealing activity for these youngsters. Furthermore, Luka’s parole and secret love for Stefana, another problematic and an aggressive teenager, complicate the already tense situation. Luka’s only outlet is to rebel: at home, at protests in Belgrade or even against local footballers.
‘Barbarians’ reveals the complicated life of young adults who lack of self-control. Such issues as not fitting in the society, loss of authority or respect for parents and the uncivilised nature of the streets are thoroughly explored through Luka’s warped perspective.
Nenad Petrovic,Jasna Djuricic (Luka's mother),Mirko Vlahovic (Luka's father),Marina Vodenicar (Social worker)