|Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment | Release Date: June 8, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The film's triumph - and it is a triumph - in the end rests on the ability of Hrebejk and his actors to convince us that they never stop being normal people.
The result is a lovely movie, one that allows its characters unexpected spurts of growth and regression, darkness and grace.
Hrebejik directs with a sure hand, deftly balancing comedy and drama in a most involving and satisfying manner.
Has the literary richness, depth of character and tone that such a morally difficult, powerful narrative requires.
Bears no resemblance to the smarmy fraud that Roberto Benigni perpetrated in "Life Is Beautiful."
Demonstrates that even if you live in a country intimately familiar with fascist occupation, you might still not have the least clue how to communicate that experience on film.
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