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(E) Serbo-Croatia in the Washington Post RESPONSE
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  03/15/2002 | Media Watch | Unrated
(E) Serbo-Croatia in the Washington Post RESPONSE
 
Nenad, 
 
I want to notify you about the following article from the Entertainment section of the Washington Post about the movie, "Harrison's Flowers." I will be writing a note to the Post myself, but I think the members of the site will be interested in responding to this review as well. What is the problem? The first sentence is, in which the author refers to the movie as taking place in "Serbo-Croatia." This is the most ridiculous 
mistake I've ever seen... and it's not the first time. When I visited the Costume Institute at the Met in NYC in February, I saw a pair of "opanke" on display which were described as originating from "Serbo-Croatia" !! It is obvious that this mistake is the result from our language being called "Serbo-Croatian" (though I would like to ask the author and his editors where on which map they located the country of "Serbo-Croatia" ), and one more reason to the many as to why the "Serbo-Croatian language" must cease to exist. 
 
Thanks! 
 
Katarina Milicevic 
 
Op-ed 
PLEASE RESPONSE, even with one sentence. 
contact for feedback: 
letters@washpost.com 
webnews@washingtonpost.com 
 
http://eg.washingtonpost.com/profile/1064375/?&flavor_id=12&context=movie 
 
When her husband, a photojournalist, is listed as missing in Serbo-Croatia, 
Sarah Lloyd (Andie MacDowell) ignites with purpose. Devoted to Harrison 
(David Strathairn) and their family, she decides to find him, with only her 
love and emotional resources to help her. 
 
A glimpse of Harrison on a news video -- or someone who looks like him -- 
has been enough to convince her he's still alive. 
 
"I'm going to bring him back, Cesar," she tells her son -- this after 
everyone has declared Harrison dead. We've seen enough movies to know that 
main characters don't say stuff they don't mean. Leaving her two children 
with relatives, Sarah flies straight into the Serbo-Croatian war of the 
early 1990s. 
 
It's hell, of course. A Croatian whom she gives a lift in her rented car is 
executed in front of her. Shells explode everywhere. Snipers are plentiful. 
Soldiers rape and shoot before they ask questions. 
 
But Sarah's determined to press on, enlisting help from two of Harrison's 
fellow photographers, Kyle (an overly angry Adrien Brody) and Stevenson (an 
assured, amusing Brendan Geeson). 
 
Almost ashamed of their own fears, the two men drive her directly into the 
vortex known as Vukovar, where Sarah believes she saw him in that video. 
Along the way, she also meets his closest friend, Yeager (Elias Koteas), an 
award-winning photographer who's also looking for Harrison. 
 
-- Desson Howe, Weekend 
 
Op-ed 
contact for feedback: 
letters@washpost.com 
webnews@washingtonpost.com 
 
 
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