One-time speedway champion Ludviks life falls apart and leaves him with few means of survival, so he turns to smuggling
Michael Winterbottom chronicled the miseries and uncertainties of the illegal immigrant in his sobering In This World but there are two sides to every story, and Damjan Kozole attempts to put the case for the people-traffickers in this surprisingly humane study of a Slovenian smuggler operating on the Croat-Italian border.
Kozole doesnt deny that the rackets are largely controlled by exploitative criminals addicted to easy money and abusive power. However, by revealing how one-time speedway champion Ludviks (Musevski) life fell apart and left him with no other means of survival, Kozole intimates that there are victims on both sides. Its a contentious approach and several episodes strain our sympathy, but by leaving us uncertain whether Ludviks rookie partner, Rudi (Kovacic), will retain his initial compassion, Kozole highlights the desperation that characterises our times.