Title: The Melody Haunts My Memory AKA: You Love Only Once | The Melody Haunts My Reverie Year: 1981 Original title: Samo jednom se ljubi Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes Country: Yugoslavia Language: Serbian Subtitles: English (.srt) Genre: Drama
The film tells the story of a small village in Croatia shortly after the war where there is a feeling of hope and promise between three expartisans who are now companions: the mayor, the chief of police, and the cultural head of the town (who is also a member of the secret police). But when an entertainment group arrives in town, Tomislav, the cultural wing of the trio, falls in love with Beba, a dancer from a bourgeois background who is attracted by Tomislav's crude, bluffing manners. Violating the spirit of this trust, Tomislav persuades Beba to marry him - whereupon his new wife's aristocratic family moves in seeking to better their lot in a new society, or at least find a way to emigrate out of their old one. The couple's love survives even when the times change and Tomislav is imprisoned. Tomislav eventually tracks her down in a sleazy nightclub in what is perhaps one of the strongest endings of all Yugoslav films. The films succeeds in working on two levels. First, as an examination of postwar Yugoslavia trying to find its identity. Secondly, as a study of the destructiveness of human relationships, and the strength of love. ~ Mike Downey
Premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Official Program of Cannes Film Festival, France. It was awarded "Grand Prix" and "Best Actor" awards at the Valencia Film Festival, Spain, "Trinacrya Award" Erice Film Festival, Italy, critic award for the "Best Yugoslav Film 1981," Croatian National award, "Nazor Award", "Grand Prize" and "Public Award" at the Nis Film Festival. Selected by Yugoslavian film critics as one of the "ten best Yugoslavian films ever made." The film was also selected as "One of the Best Foreign Feature Films" on the American video market by Facets. It was distributed by Bezubov Inc., New York.