To me, A Serbian Film is certainly well made and for what it was the plot was acceptable. However, I really think the director of it was basically making torture porn and is either outright lying that its anything other than that or he’s deluded himself into thinking that he’s created “art.” Like I said, it’s well made torture porn sure, but that’s what it still is.
I mean sure he claims that there’s a message there about the state of Serbia, corruption, etc. but I’ve seen the film and I’ll be damned if I can actually “get” any sort of message there, symbolically or directly. And I’m betting most people who have seen it, was more out of a morbid curiosity of just how “bad” it is rather than donning their monocles and discussing the merits of such a film. I mean if we compared it to something like Human Centipede, it’s the same torture porn. HC was just being a little more honest about it.
That being said, strange things happen and some people can find positivity in anything, even exploitation. Maybe somebody did see Serbian film and got something out of it that I missed. Maybe it caused them to realize that there are bad things like what happens in the film and it encouraged them to go out into the real world and do something about it like donate money to a charity. Who knows? I mean I don’t write stories for any sort of moral lesson because I’m not there to preach. I’m basically writing stories that I would find entertaining. Now if there IS something positive that the reader got out of it (other than entertainment) then that’s great, but I certainly didn’t plan for it happen. And as for anyone who read something and they went on a murder spree afterwards, well chances are it was most likely something wrong with the person who read it to begin with, rather than the story itself. You could write the least offensive story in the world and still get some nutjob thinking that it meant to go eat babies.