A Brief Excursion
At camp, it’s one long, sultry summer of watching videos, drinking too much, sex in the woods and talking about anything and nothing. Stola’s girlfriend Laura has dumped him for the third (and now really last) time. With the friends he has made here, he hangs around in this antechamber of adolescence. Until Roko suggests going to look at some remarkable frescos in a monastery somewhere down the road. Seven of them set off. When their bus breaks down, they continue on foot – an endless slog through the Croatian summer heat.
The ten-little-Indians story that follows is loosely based on Antun Soljan’s novella A Brief Excursion (1965), which mixes existentialist questions with a coming-of-age theme. The Communist backdrop of the book is missing in the film, but this generation growing up after the war in Yugoslavia in the early 1990s also has to find a way to relate to its freedom and obligations, as Bezinović delicately shows.