As If I Am Not There (2010)

As If I Am Not There


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Filmmaker Juanita Wilson paints a harrowing portrait of a woman subjected to unrelenting horror in the midst of war in this powerful drama based on a true story. A lovely young woman in her twenties, Samira (Natasha Petrovic) was born and raised in a middle-class household in Sarajevo and has studied to be a teacher. Samira takes a job at a school in a country village, even though she's been warned that this will put her close to the fighting in Bosnia's civil war. Not long after Samira has … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Critic Reviews for As If I Am Not There

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

A suitably harrowing, close-quarters account of the mass rape committed by Serbian rebel fighters during the Balkan wars of the early '90s.

Full Review… | June 28, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Top Critic

The story is told with a studied spareness. Dialogue and characterisation are minimal, the violence graphic.

Full Review… | September 21, 2011

The plot never quite adds up and starts to drift aimlessly in the closing stages.

Full Review… | July 3, 2011
Daily Express

In her unblinking recounting of the story, director Wilson displays admirable restraint in the face of horror.

Full Review… | July 3, 2011
Observer [UK]

An unforgettable central performance, but could be more dramatically engaging.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for As If I Am Not There

Only for those with a strong stomach, this Balkan gruellingly tough drama based on a 1999 novel by the Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic, gives an unblinking look at sexual violence and degradation which albeit being exceptionally uneasy to watch, it is a film that really should be seen.

Nicolas Korovessis

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Story of human trafficking, based on real events. Hard hitting but still, a very important watch. They couldn't have picked a more perfect girl to play the lead role, she conveys so much through just her eyes alone. Recommended.

Rupa Blank

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