Serbia | 2021 | 19 min
Language : Serbian
Subtitles : English, French
A one-of-a-kind European rescue centre. Here, dreary pens surrounded by wire fencing house stray dogs impounded for training. As he follows the training of these dogs, Dejan Petrović meditates on the mechanisms of authority and obedience, drawing a striking parallel with human society.
On the outskirts of Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia, stray dogs are packed into gloomy enclosures. Dejan Petrović has placed his camera in the middle of this refuge, which is the only one of its kind in Europe – and its location will only be revealed at the very end of the film. With no commentary, and recording only the instructions, reprimands and compliments that a nameless trainer (who is always filmed from the same height) gives to a friendly, hairy mongrel named Vanja, the camera clinically observes the process of learning to submit to authority. But Adjusting creates a sense of unease, and we find ourselves wondering why the man who trains and looks after the dogs also seems to be locked in a place that looks strangely like a kennel, and in which the only words spoken are orders. Through minimalist narration – unity of place, time and action – using tight shots, and precise editing and sound work, the Serbian filmmaker establishes a striking parallel with human society and our propensity to obey any form of power.