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Cirkus Columbia (2012)



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Following the fall of the communist regime in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1991, Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlovic) returns to his former home after a 20-year exile in Germany. Returning with an attractive young girlfriend, a flashy new Mercedes, a pocketful of cash, and a lucky black cat, things are looking good for Divko. When his cat goes missing things begin to fall apart: trouble with his girlfriend and the fledgling relationship with his estranged son are strained as the entire town scrambles to find the cat and collect the cash reward being offered. Divko's personal tumult mirrors the country's situation at large with signs appearing that the Bosnian War is coming. As the war looms, tensions run high and Divko must decide whether to stay in his newly reestablished home or retreat. -- (C) Strand
Art House & International , Drama
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Miki Manojlovic
as Divko Buntic
Mira Furlan
as Lucija
Boris Ler
as Martin
Milan Strljic
as Ivanda (mayor)
Mario Knezovic
as Pivac (Martin's friend)
Svetislav Goncic
as Savo (army captain)
Almir Mehic
as Bili (guy who finds cats for Divko)
Mirza Tanovic
as Antisa (cafe owner)
Miralem Zubcevic
as Leon (former mayor)
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Critic Reviews for Cirkus Columbia

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

Despite its wobbly tone and stumbles into implausible melodrama, the film succeeds as a study of realignments among friends and family, a gently cracked mirror held up to the insanity that would soon devastate the region.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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A family getting evicted from its home is no laughing matter, except if you're watching "Cirkus Columbia,'' a satiric comedy from, of all places, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Danis Tanovic's scalding black comedy about the insanity of war...

February 16, 2012
New York Times
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While the emotional underpinnings feel raw, much of "Cirkus" also winds up spinning 'round to obvious, if uncomfortable, places.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
New York Daily News
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Cirkus Columbia looks to the past, evoking the kind of unreal, vaguely politicized tales that were once the lifeblood of arthouse cinema.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
AV Club
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[A] decidedly old-fashioned, quasi-satirical drama that is a bit on the nose with its indictments of post-communist animosities and opportunism.

Full Review… | February 14, 2012
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Cirkus Columbia


I am not familiar with foreign movies, this was actually one of the first movies I watched in a different language with subtitles. I am happy to say that this movie encourages me to watch other foreign movies, because it was a wonderful experience. I didn't want to watch something where I would have to read subtitles the entire time, but it actually didn't end up bothering me at all, and I didn't even notices that I was doing it because it happened naturally. The story of this movie is so moving and well acted. You can't not like this movie because of it's historical background and brilliant writing. Also, Mira Furlan is one of my favorite actresses. She has been in a few of the American shows and movies I have watched, but what I recently noticed is that she does a lot of foreign war films like this one. She is sort of the Meryl Streep of foreign movies where the performance is always different, yet always getting better and drawing you in. Anyway, great story, great acting, and great characters!

Bailey H
Bailey H

A remarkable film with three-dimensional characters who become always more complex as the story progresses, as they face the menace of an imminent war that would plunge their land into so much pain and suffering in the following years - and to know this makes the final scene so touching and bittersweet.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Going into Cirkus Columbia I only knew two things about it, it was based on a novel and that it's a Bosnia drama. I got to say for my first Bosnia movie this was pretty good. Cirkus Columbia is a story set in the former Yugoslavia and centered on a guy who returns to Herzegovina from Germany with plenty of cash and hopes for a good new life. Cirkus Columbia has good writing, but it could have been better. Now I did get into the story and even though I didn't care much about the political aspect of the plot it did add to the drama. I also found each character to be likable in there own way and being being three dimensional which is best the part about the writing. The story flows smoothly and no scene ever feels out of place. Now the writing could have been better like I said earlier. Some of the more important scenes that were meant to be powerful didn't leave much of an impression. The same could said about the ending, while I found it to be a fitting to the story some won't be as satisfy with it. Though it could have been better, it's still a good drama. I'll admit that the cast themselves wasn't what I expected, but you could tell they got a lot by smoothly they made time pass by. I'm not sure about everybody else, but actor Miki Manojlovic reminds of Robert De Niro for some reason. Maybe it's because they look alike or simply Miki Manojlovic is just that good of an actor. Even though I haven't been to Bosnia it location works well for the story. I can't imagine this movie taking place in anywhere else. Cirkus Columbia might not have to look at, but hard work was into this and that's ultimately counts. Cirkus Columbia is a gripping Bosnia drama with three dimensional characters that make it worth a watch. Even though this movie is not great, it definitely deserves more attention.

Caesar Mendez
Caesar Mendez

Super Reviewer

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