Grbavica Reviews

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August 22, 2018
This is a smart, moving film, and ultimately optimistic. Hate may have the questions, but love has the answer.
May 19, 2007
May 18, 2007
[Director] Zbanic makes the awful seem commonplace and vice versa, while adding ominous shadows to Esma's untold backstory. The war might be over, but fear and hope remain locked in a rapturous stranglehold amidst the rubble.
May 18, 2007
Grbavica increases in power as it progresses. It's a movie about the ways in which people yearn for healing and about the many obstacles that work to prevent it.
May 4, 2007
Like its music, the film's emotions proceed from lament to screaming screed to chorus of hope.
May 4, 2007
This is a slice of Bosnian life, a powerful peek at average people trying to live their average lives despite the extraordinary and unthinkable things that lie in their past.
May 2, 2007
Lovely in its understatement, quietly but insistently demanding that Esma's story, and those of too many other women, finally be told.
April 27, 2007
There's really nothing new about the way Grbavica looks at the mother-daughter dynamic. But it's still refreshing to see any film that does so with such honesty and realism.
April 27, 2007
Zbanic telegraphs parts of the drama a little too easily, but she draws heartbreaking performances from Karanovic and Mijovic.
April 13, 2007
While Grbavica concerns a legacy of hatred, it's also optimistic about Bosnia's physical and emotional reconstruction. If the film's final image doesn't move you, you'd better check your pulse.
April 11, 2007
The kind of well-meaning film that actually gives well-meaning films a good name.
April 9, 2007
Jasmila Zbanic also deserves our admiration for casting Karanovic, and for making a film of great power about the fate of that ultimate contradiction -- a child born out of hatred.
March 30, 2007
The portrayal of a wounded society is compelling, and the film ends on a very modestly hopeful note, appropriate for a country where the 'dreams' have been mostly painful.
March 10, 2007
...a little powerhouse of a movie whose slow gentle build reaches quite a stunning conclusion.
March 9, 2007
The admirable feminist agenda occasionally trips up the narrative, but the film's performances keep it on track.
March 3, 2007
The aftermath of the Bosnian civil war is a rich vein of storytelling material and newcomer writer/director Zbanic mines it well.
March 1, 2007
Grbavica is a film we watch with our heart in our mouth, wondering when, if ever, the war will end for those who lived through it and, at least physically, survived.
March 1, 2007
Gbravica is a womanly movie in the best sense: [writer-director] Zbanic has a deeply feminine sense of how crisis gets filtered through the moments of daily life.
February 28, 2007
The dramatic conflicts are soapy and unsubtle, but Karanovic pours intense authority into Esma's scarred psyche.
February 25, 2007
A poignant and emotionally gripping story of a Bosnian single parent struggling to survive in Sarajevo and carrying deep physical and spiritual wounds from the 1990s wars.
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