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As matter-of-fact as its mouthful of a title, Danis Tanovic's touching social-realist drama An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker offers a modest, low-key glimpse into the struggles of an impoverished Roma family.
Robust and compassionate.
It's all very intimate and convincing ... and the performances are naturalistic throughout. But there's nothing here we haven't seen before.
Bleak, immersive story of a Roma family struggling to survive by salvaging metal.
Tanovic paints a desolate but sadly authentic portrait of stagnant poverty that doesn't even consider the option of rising up in protest.
Gritty fly-on-the-wall footage of family life with his wife Senada and their two young children accentuates the sense of an existence that is barely sustainable.
It's great to see an old hand going back to basics.
The film is also grimly compelling on a dramatic level as an account of a family struggling desperately for survival.
Even at a brief 75 minutes, it is, however, something of a grim slog.
What lights up the screen is Nazif's quiet, undemonstrative love for Senada, and hers for him. It is finally very moving.
Played out with agonising matter-of-factness against a wintry backdrop of chimneys and tips, it's a grim, if quietly compelling affair.
Not a laugh riot by any means but there's plenty of tenderness and heart in this vignette of rural life.
Tanovic tells this revolting real story using a welcome verité style and non-professional actors who play themselves, all in a way that invites comparisons with the Iranian New Wave, but his plain, fly-on-the-wall approach may feel distant and prevent us from a greater emotional response to it.
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