Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
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A startling examination of the Bosnian war of the mid-1990s and the role of journalists in covering it, this film was based on real-life journalist Michael Nicholson's book Natasha's Story. Like Nicholson, cynical journalist Henderson (Stephen Dillane) is one of the rat pack of reporters looking for gore in the streets of besieged Sarajevo. He is outraged when grandstanding reporter Flynn (Woody Harrelson) helps local citizens remove the corpse of a mother gunned down on a family outing. But the
Nov 26, 1997 Wide
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A crisp, rigorously unsentimental director, Winterbottom was a good choice for this project.
A compelling but jumbled film that examines the line between journalistic detachment and passion.
Welcome to Sarajevo isn't just the story of an outsider's perspective of the conflict; it's a compelling examination of the role the media played in reporting and shaping the average person's views of the war.
Too often we sense that the actors are drifting and the story is at sea.
Messy and visceral, with an articulate, pointed anger that's recognizably British, "Welcome to Sarajevo" hits with an impact that's not diminished by the fact that Sarajevo's uneasy peace has held.
However closely they mirror the real experience of Mr. Nicholson and others, some of the shocks here are too sadly predictable.
A documentary would have more powerfully captured the horror of the Bosnian conflict than this synthetic, if well-acted and -intentioned, drama.
Good set-up; less pay-off than I'd hoped.
Winterbottom takes a recent history the rest of the world already was beginning to forget and throws it into a sharp, human focus.
Lifts up compassion as the quivering of the heart in the presence of pain and suffering.
[A] well-made movie about senseless violence, prejudice and diplomatic cynicism.
This film offers an honest portrait of the media in action, as it also depicts a public that is more interested in being entertained than being informed.
Brings up some hard questions about the sheer impossibility of foreign corespondents remaining true to their journalistic neutrality in a war zone.
All its dramatized elements, from its scripted dialogue to Harrelson's role as the naysaying cynic, can be seen as devices needed to bring a harrowing but humane story to a popular audience without watering down the very real horrors of a very real war.
Audience Reviews for Welcome to Sarajevo
- Flynn: This place feels like a virus you can't get rid of. Sometimes I feel like I'll never make it home.
- Dragon: Everything in Sarajevo is for sale.
- Risto: Promise me. Don't bring her back here.
- Henderson: Us... we're like vultures.
- Henderson: Emira has been here since she was a baby. Now she is so frightened by the shelling, she can't sleep at night. Sead's mother was killed in a mortar attack. Zaned is from a village near Sarajevo....His mother was shot while queuing for water.
- Henderson: We're not here to help. We're here to report.
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