Despite pointed criticism from a women’s group and production-permit issues with the Bosnian government, shooting on Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut has been proceeding swiftly enough that two versions of the movie have reportedly been filmed: one in English and one in the actors’ native language.
But that achievement doesn’t mean Jolie’s problems in Bosnia are over. Rape victims from the 1992 Bosnian War plan to file a complaint to the United Nations refugee agency, according to the Associated Press.
The Women Victims of War association has been voicing concerns about Jolie’s film since last month, citing rumors of a potential plot involving a rape victim falling in love with her captor. Jolie herself responded to those concerns in a statement in October, saying, “There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters, and that will be revealed once the film is released … My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film.”
The Women Victims of War’s head, Bakira Hasecic, however, is not waiting until the movie is finished. Her group plans to send a letter to the UN complaining about Jolie — who is a goodwill ambassador for the agency — and her refusal to divulge plot details about the still-untitled movie.
A rep for Jolie has already denied that the film contains any such inflammatory storyline, while Jolie herself has acknowledged the difficulty of making a movie based on real-life events.
“Obviously, any dramatic interpretation will always fail those who have had a real experience,” she said in her statement.