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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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. Zbanic, who lived through the Bosnian war in Sarajevo, is an unusual talent. Here, she makes us feel the hell her characters once lived through as well as the leftover, stinging pain of today.
  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. Like its music, the film's emotions proceed from lament to screaming screed to chorus of hope.
  5. It is the two leading performances that make the film seem almost to reach down and embrace us.
  6. The power of "Grbavica" is not the arc of its story line, but the fullness of the world Zbanic creates.
  7. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    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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  1. DinoD.
    Apr 17, 2007
    Honest, brave and beautiful.