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  • Summary: Tortured by a tumultuous home life and school bullies, young Marko finds hope when his teacher encourages him to enter a poetry competition in Paris. But when the teacher cowers before the same bullies and eventually dashes the boy's hopes and dreams, Marko seeks guidance from another role model: a mercenary who tells him in life one must "either eat or be eaten." (Picture This! Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Superbly modulated yet unrelentingly grim, Mirage builds upon a remarkable performance from young Macedonian newcomer Marko Kovacevic to tell the tragic tale of a talented schoolboy driven to violence through neglect and manipulation.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    You just know that any film that opens with Nietzsche's aphorism about hope being an evil that only prolongs the torments of man isn't going to a comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    The true power of the film comes from young Marko Kovacevic, who plays the poetic child lost in a family and culture where poetry has no meaning.
  4. Ristovski needs us to feel his nation's torment, and he succeeds.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mr. Ristovski's story (written with Grace Lea Troje) feels a bit underdeveloped, partly because he uses too many lingering, silent shots of Marko and doesn't give the boy much of a voice.
  6. 50
    Ristovski wants the plight of a bullied moppet to serve as a sweeping metaphor for Macedonian struggle, but his miserablist excesses have the effect of converting realism into a graphic cartoon.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Drab, despairing and pointless.

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  1. Jun 17, 2014
    Come from Macedonia, not popular place for film, "Iluzija" or represented in English "Mirage", teach filmmaker how to create a powerful heartbreaking drama without any crying scene inside. Strong from beginning until final scene succeeds describing a story about social life of pre-adolescent ; broken home, bullying, friendless, trust-crisis and hope. Expand

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