‘The Load’ Film Review: A Trucker Hauls Mystery Cargo Through War-Torn Serbia

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‘The Load’ Film Review: A Trucker Hauls Mystery Cargo Through War-Torn Serbia
Anyone who admired the chutzpah of “Sorcerer” but thought that William Friedkin went off the rails in remaking “The Wages of Fear” will have an easier time with “The Load,” another wartime thriller largely confined to the inside of a truck.

Ognjen Glavonić’s narrative feature debut, which premiered at Cannes last year before continuing its tour of the festival circuit at Toronto and New Directors/New Films, concerns a long-haul drive from Kosovo to Belgrade during Nato’s 1999 bombing of Serbia. Behind the wheel is middle-aged Vlada (Leon Lučev), who’s been tasked with covertly transporting, well, something. What it is, he has no idea.

They say that the journey counts more than the destination, and so it is here. The plot, such as it is, kicks into gear upon the discovery of a fire blocking the main route, necessitating one detour after another for our intrepid driver.
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