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  • Summary: In her stunning debut feature, writer/director Jasmila Žbani? explores the painful long-term effects of war on a Bosnian woman and her daughter. (Strand Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
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  1. It appears to have been made from the inside, not only of the characters but of the historical situation in which they struggle.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Bolstered by a beautifully shaded performance by Karanovic as a woman attempting to escape the torments of her past while securing a future for her daughter, Zbanic's film begs a pretty complex question: Is a love story possible in the aftermath of torture and genocide? The answer appears to be a tentative yes, both on the levels of the film and filmmaking, but it isn't easy.
  3. While excellent films like Danis Tanovic's Oscar-winning "No Man's Land" and Vinko Bresan's "Witnesses" have dealt with the war itself, few have dealt with the aftermath, and none with the aching power and empathy of Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams.
  4. The dramatic conflicts are soapy and unsubtle, but Karanovic pours intense authority into Esma's scarred psyche.
  5. The power of "Grbavica" is not the arc of its story line, but the fullness of the world Zbanic creates.
  6. 70
    Zbanic's story of an ordinary life stained by extraordinary cruelty cuts deep.
  7. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    40
    Central performance by Mirjana Karanovic is instantly endearing. Unfortunately, film coasts on thesp's ability to evoke sympathy and leaves her stranded in this yarn that's all setup and little payoff.

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