Cinema: Just Beautiful

Hearts prevail in an unsentimental Brit flick

The Serb and the Croat recognize each other on a London bus. A fight begins instantly. They end up in a shared hospital room, attempting to sabotage each other's life-support systems. By the end of Beautiful People they are contentedly playing cards together.

You may suspect that Jasmin Dizdar's low-budget debut feature has sold out to sentimentality. But that reckons without Dizdar's gift for kinetics. He's all intensity. And control. There's not a wasted word or an extraneous shot in his film. And his way with coincidence is often very funny.

Among the stories he tells are those of an obstetrician...

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