The film ‘Agnus Dei’ is putting upon the idea of myth repetition. The man as an fragile and hurtful human being, always is in a great loss. Even when he loves, when he’s got power or when he is depressed. And even in that time when he wants to escape from the evil, or when he goes straight towards it. Freighting desperately to have the power, ill mannered in action, the man in the permanent behavior fights to dominate upon his mankind, selfish as ever even than when he builds his happiness upon the pain of the others. In reality the man always behaves in his vicious circle of repetition of destiny, the Edipious in antiquity, or Peter in now days.
Maria and Peter, mother and son, two faces of one medallion, being conquered by love and hate, filled with a kind of demonic energy that goes beyond the reason and to resign oneself to one’s passion that is politically motivated, ethnically or ideologically. In the different social-political phases during the period of transitory or during the war time, Maria and Peter remains unchangeable. Only the shape changes. The package of life. ‘Agnus Dei’ doesn’t pretend to change anything. It only goes easily sliding, full with passion and lyrical through the wild and cruel shapes of life in the dictature of war. Being the witness of the destruction and loss. The disheveled individuality as an essential theory of life and destroyable family as on essential institution of civilization. In this manner, ‘Agnus Dei’ pretends to be transformed in one chronicle history of loss, upon the repetition of myth and the resurrection through the period of ages.
So, ‘Agnus Dei’ doesn’t attempt to change the imagination of what has happened. It pretends to tell the story of love and hate in two generations. Of all the sufferings and incapability, the willing for life even then when life appears impossible, of passion for loving and for being loved. For passion of hate and the wickedness till the annihilation. ‘Agnus Dei’ doesn’t accuse, doesn’t prejudice, doesn’t incline, doesn’t have the political attempt or neither philosophical pretending. In fact, it shows life in the permanent war, the life that has taken the dimensions of myth and which is incapable to get out of the labyrinth of providence /not divine/ but human.
Based on a true story, Agnus Dei is a kind of Oedipus of our days. Peter must find his way to redemption.
But the past will make itself known and fate sparingly gives mercy. Can he save himself, or even be saved at all?
Peter deserts from the Kosovo war after killing his biological father and runs off with Maria.
The two fall in love as they flee from both forces and Peter commits suicide when he learns Maria is half-sister.
I was born from the ones that I shouldn’t , I lived with those that I mustn’t and I killed the one that I shouldn’t.
(A short synopsis)
A young man Peter, who is around thirties, lives a desperate life with his mother Maria and her husband Stojan in one village of Serbia. Peter is born in Kosova from a forbidden
love between his mother Maria and the young Albanian man, but for this he is not aware
Is the period of time when the relations between Serbs and Albanians are inimical, exactly is the time of the beginning of war.
Peter is forced by his mother and the others to go to the war. He intends to escape the war and goes to the West. He is mobilized forcefully in one paramilitary unit in Kosova’s war.
In one action prepared as a revenge, he kills his father Dini whom he never had the chance to meet. Being not able to bear the arbitrary crimes, Peter, deserts from the army.
He takes Dini’s daughter Maria and together they escape to the mountains. During their dangerous trip they are followed from both sides of enemies, Serbs and Albanians. Peter and Maria fell in love. They reach to come back in Peter’s home in Serbia. As soon as they returnee home, Peter realizes that he had killed his biologic father and he had fall in love with his sister. Not being able to stand this spiritual condition he commits a suicide.
On the eve of "the Day of Dead people", a group of Serbs came to Kosova to visit the tombs of their predecessors.
Along with them is Maria, a beautiful woman of forties. It's in 1998 when the relations between the Serbs and the Albanians were extreme enemies.
Maria meets Dini secretly; an Albanian man, who in the past has been her lover. At that meeting they understood they were separated because of the hatred among the two nations, the Serbs and the Albanians.
Dini tries to convince Maria that their love was just a dream and that their beautiful love could never turn to become reality, as his and her people had been and are still being in the war.
Maria doesn't agree with him. She refers to the love nourished together before being Albanian and Serb.
At that time Maria was bearing a child with Dini. In order to save the unborn son, which she loved very dearly, she hurries to get married the Serb, Stoyan. Stoyan is no match for Maria.
He happen to be a drunkard and half impotent. After some time, Maria bears a child named Peter. The whole past love of Dini turns to be hatred. Dini had been married, too.
Dini's wife had born a girl. In the memory of Maria, he baptized his daughter. Maria and Stoyan migrate to Vojvodina. They live a life of desperate people. Maria finds a lover.
A commissioned officer named Zoran. Peter grows up. The hate of Maria against Dini starts to be felt against Peter as well. Maria, almost every day calls in her home her lover Zoran.
She doesn't care at all about her husband and the words spread out in their street. One day Stoyan, drunk, approaches to the house; hears the cries and sighs of the sexual act.
He comes close to the window, spying. Being not able to stand the rage, Maria's husband gets in the room with an ax in his hand and tend to kill Zoran, Marias' lover, as if nothing has happened, cool as a military, gets out the room and after that he threats to kill her, finally.
At the peak of madness, Peter, Marias' son shows up in the room. Peter attacks Stoyan.
Maria tells Peter how they were young and happy at that time, when they lived in Kosova, but all of a sudden it turned to be an apocalypse of life.
An Albanian neighbor named Din Sokojeva, along with the family and his relatives had raped Maria and beaten her husband, Stoyan. Ever since that time, Stoyan never became a man, anymore. After the sudden tragedy, Maria and Stoyan decided to migrate to Vojvodina and live a life of desperation. After a period, Maria as a women and mother, aiming not to separate from Stoyan and not make her son Peter be an orphan, were constrained to find another solace - the commissioned officer Zoran.
Maria nourishes Peter to take revenge by recalling that instead of going to war in Kosova and take revenge for the tragedy of his family, hang around the bars of the town and from time to time attacks his father up until he kills him. Peter revolted and hurt, carrying along the complex of the possibility of killing his father, tends to fly away.
Maria announces the military command that Peter deserted. The military patrol, catches Peter at the border and mobilizes violently in the Unit of "Tigres", the paramilitary formations.
As soon as he arrives in the zones of war in Kosova, Peter is engaged in the war duties, close to his land of birth, by the place of "the accidence" of his family. In a night of rain, ‘The Tigres’ systemize Peter to undertake an expedition of robbing. Being happy about the prey, the Commander of "Tigres" promises that the next action - they will attack for the sake of Peter.
Peter is thankful, but asks the Commander to agree a punitive action against his own family. The Commander sends soldiers to siege the village, set the full military logistics.
Peter surrounds the house of Dini. He gets in along with seven-eight selected paramilitaries.
The Dini's family around the poor table, hardly succeeds to hide their beautiful daughter, Maria. Peter is behaving softly towards Dini's poor family. Points to Dini, to understand who was the neighbor and aforetime the son of Stoyan and Maria. Once Dini finds out who was Peter, stands up and hugs him enthusiastically.
Among them is shown a sort of indescribable warmth. A mysterious longing. Peter feels the parent's warmth. ' Dini calls Peter and his military mates to sit and dine with them, as the tradition is. As soon as Peter is released of the hug, all of a sudden he becomes wild. He first commands to tie up Dini. Then he commands to rape his wife.
The tied up Dini tries to stop it. Tries to tell him that he is his biologic father, but does not achieve to tell him, because Peter hits him to death.
When soldiers finished their job with Dini's wife, Peter commands to set the house in fire. Only beautiful Maria is saved. When the fire swallows the house, soldiers retreat.
As they went to their base, Peter feels he has been cured of a patrimonial disease, but at the same time is burdened by an inexplicable trauma. Some days later, the unit of "Tigres" receives the command to undertake a punitive expedition in a street and then in the whole village to expel the people. Soldiers surround the street to be punished. Among the thrilled people hanging around to find an escape road, Peter spots the beautiful daughter, Maria. Peter shocked deeply those images of violence, commands to stop the action. The soldiers do not accept the command.
Peter outraged turns his gun towards them where the Commander is wounded. It's a mess.
Villagers besieged take the chance to runaway. Soldiers fear the wildness of Peter, withdraw back. Peter along with beautiful Maria, take the chance to run away to the mountains.
He finally desert. The next night, Peter along with the Beautiful Maria, while they runaway they are followed both by Serbian and Albanian armies. He, once protects beautiful Maria, and once use as a shield. After some time, Peter, along with beautiful Maria, arrive in Serbia. When Peter arrives at his home, tells Mother Maria how he took the revenge.
Mother Maria bursts weeping. At dinner, Mother Maria prepared for his son's heroism, Peter talked of the traumas and the status of a desperados. He tells his mother how he is now a criminal war required everywhere. Wanted by the Serbians, by the Albanians, by the Hague Tribunal… In an attempt to calm down Peter, she promises that she will hide Peter and beautiful Maria, in fight of the whole forces in the planet. Maria hides Peter and beautiful Maria in the basement of her house. The next day, all of a sudden, knocking on the door is heard. Soldiers show up in the courtyard. Three messengers bringing a letter. The news from the lover of Maria from the front of Kosova. Mother Maria, after reading the letter, bursts in tears. Maria finally understands that officer Zoran has been killed in the war. It's a doom. She can't stand that.. She starts unfolding the stories of childhood and youth.
She tells his son that, in fact he is "a cursed seed". A bastard. Because he had killed his own father Dini. In an extreme situation of desperation, as soon as he understood the real, lost life, Peter is locked in the basement. Peter tries to recap his life; to formulate a sort of testament for his friend Marko and for beautiful Maria. He tries to explain that he was the victim of his parents. His friend Marco, will take care to transfer her over the borders the only loving creature, the beautiful Maria. And finally he commits suicide.