Grbavica Reviews

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February 20, 2007
Zbanic's deeply personal saga allows us to see the savage price that women paid in the Balkan wars.
February 19, 2007
Grbavica, like its heroine, is brave enough to try to find love among the ruins.
February 17, 2007
Recognizing that Zbanic had flattered only her characters and not me, I decided this young filmmaker might be allowed room to grow, despite her awards.
February 17, 2007
A convincing portrait of how ordinary people strive to get on with their lives in the wake of terrible conflict.
February 16, 2007
Years after the near total destruction of Sarajevo, life in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina goes on. But for some, like the survivor at the center of Jasmila Zabnic's shattering debut feature, there's no escaping the ghosts of a violent past.
February 16, 2007
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams shows Westerners the aftermath of a story we may have forgotten. And it reminds us that the horrors of that war still go on, every time one of its survivors closes her eyes.
February 16, 2007
Mirjana Karanovic and Luna Mijovic give powerful performances as [director] Zbanic imbues a simple story with a powerful commentary on the Bosnian war's devastating impact on the innocent. It's a lesson the world has yet to learn.
February 16, 2007
[Director] Zbanic takes an effective, low-key approach, telling the intimate story of a single mother and preteen daughter who live in Grbavica, a grim neighborhood that once served as an internment camp.
February 16, 2007
A striking treatise on life in post-war Bosina every bit as stark and weighty as the Italian master's [Vittorio De Sica] meditations on life in the heart and the aftermath of the madness of war.
February 16, 2007
...the viewer is left with decent performances while waiting for the big payoff, which in this case isn't that big.
February 16, 2007
Jasmila Zbanic's writing and directing debut takes a personal look at a citizenry reeling in the aftermath of war.
February 16, 2007
Grbavica shows that even as you leave a war behind, you bring it with you.
February 16, 2007
February 15, 2007
Though in writer-director Jasmila Zbanic's gritty, affecting film the Bosnian war has been over for more than a decade, it is hardly absent in the memories of those struggling to lead normal lives amid the rubble.
February 15, 2007
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams is written and directed by Jasmila Zbanic in a stripped-down style that carries cumulative force.
February 15, 2007
[Director Jasmila] Zbanic is such an acute observer of women's lives in their intimate details, and constructs such fine scenes, that I think this might be the best film to emerge from the aftermath of the Balkan conflict.
February 9, 2007
A young Bosnian woman learns that her dad is not the heroshe thought he was in a dramatic postwar family drama in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
February 7, 2007
The point of the film, however, is not so much the climactic revelation of Sara's true parentage, and the strangely sluggish narrative in which it is embedded, but rather the dismal day-by-day existence in postwar Sarajevo.
February 6, 2007
Meaningful exploration Of enduring psychological violence of rape and rape culture.
February 5, 2007
Centering on a mother-daughter relationship, the Berlin Fest winner Grbavica operates on both realistic and symbolic levels, a personal film about the country's attempt to reconcile with the brutal Bosnian civil war and its painful aftermath.
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