Grbavica Reviews

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.
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.
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 9, 2007
The admirable feminist agenda occasionally trips up the narrative, but the film's performances keep it on track.
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.
February 28, 2007
The dramatic conflicts are soapy and unsubtle, but Karanovic pours intense authority into Esma's scarred psyche.
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
A convincing portrait of how ordinary people strive to get on with their lives in the wake of terrible conflict.
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
Grbavica shows that even as you leave a war behind, you bring it with you.
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 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.
October 30, 2006
Zbanic and cinematographer Christine Maier shoot naturally so as to capture the sense of a fake and often failed veil of normalcy drawn over too many horrible secrets.