It takes a pack of wolves to raise the young protagonist of No One’s Child, and the dogs of war to drop him back into the abyss. Integrating universal human drama with pointed political context (…), Rsumovic unfolds this Pre-Teen Wolf narrative with clarity, compassion and understated formal confidence.
Haris, as the protagonist is randomly named by an official, is found by Serbian hunters in early 1988, some way outside the town of Travnik in Bosnia-Herzegovina; though presumably a local, he’s sent instead to an orphanage in Belgrade. Doctors are pessimistic that he’ll ever be able to functionally interact with other humans, though the orphanage’s dedicated minder Ilke (…) perseveres with patience (…).
Haris’ fellow orphans, unsurprisingly, are less charitable (…). One kid (…) is kinder than the rest (…); the tender, heartrending bond that develops between the boys is akin to a dog-and-master relationship. Circumstances dictate their ultimate separation, however, while the inflammation of the Balkan War by 1992 brings governmental pressure on the now semi-civilized Haris to return to his homeland. The leveling impact of wartime chaos on the kid’s status is felt in a devastatingly ambiguous final act (…).
Guy Lodge, Variety
Director/screen writer Vuk Ršumović will be present at the screening on Sept 24.