I only went to see it because of Leon Lucev - I know him from Sta je muskarac bez brkova. A scene from the film "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams. You're not supposed to feel good about anything. We have heard so much about wars and atrocities that go with it. Every now and then Esma participates in a group therapy with other traumatized Bosnian women that have survived to the Balkan War. There is brief nudity and arguably sexuality, as well as disturbing content, in this. After being raped by Serbs like too many other Muslim women in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first half of the 1990's, Esma is raising her daughter Sara to believe her father has died in a very important battle at Zuc defending Sarajevo under siege. The buried truths of Esma's past begin to surface when, in order to get a discounted rate on an upcoming school trip, Sara asks her mother for the document proving that her late father really was what Esma has told her: a shaheed, or Holy War martyr, who died defending Bosnia in the war. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Whenever I watch film connected to Sarajevo I am touched to the bottom of my soul. You do not need to have much, if any, prior knowledge of the country or culture to appreciate this. When finally, she reveals the long concealed truth. If any finger-pointing can be claimed to occur in this, it is towards battle. Esma and a bodyguard she befriends, discover they have met at exhumations, and both share the experience of loosing their loved ones. Nearly a decade after the end of the Balkans War, the citizens of Sarajevo (Grbavica is a quarter located in that city) are still attempting to pick up the pieces of their shattered psyches and somehow move on with their lives. Before yesterday, I didn't know ANYTHING about Bosnian actors or directors. Years after the near total destruction of Sarajevo in the 1990s, life in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina goes on. All the rest social and historic details known only to Yugoslavians are beyond my own knowledge. Once a student of economics whose university education also came to an abrupt halt when war broke out, Pelda now works for Mr. Caran. Firmly walking in the footsteps of Bosnian Best Foreign Language Film winner 'No Man's Land', the film trails a promising future for the fledging Bosnian film industry. Yet, the extent of the emotional scarring is still greatly in evidence: in women attending group therapy sessions designed to help them cope with their losses; in youngsters crowding into noisy nightclubs as a means of escaping the horrors of the past; and, most tellingly perhaps, in the use of dark humor and strangely inappropriate laughter as a major coping mechanism for the beleaguered survivors. Esma needs two hundred Euros for the school trip of Sara and is working hard to raise the amount. camps in Sarajevo (played to perfection by Mirjana Karanovic), and her daily struggle to keep her head above water, with a thankless job in a cocktail bar, and with the daily battle with her adolescent daughter, Sara (played by Luna Mijovic). When Sara discovers she is not the child of a war hero, she loses her illusions, but gains inner strength. External Reviews Esma tells him that she was also looking for her father but this, too, is a lie. Overview. The director managed to show normal life of Sarajevo, it was so easy to identify with Esma and Sara's problems, even for people who never had such traumatic experience. The answer appears to be a tentative yes, both on the levels of the film and filmmaking, but it isn't easy: Zbanic sees the possibility only in an ongoing and direct confrontation with her country's tortured past. A heartfelt look at the real, often invisible and neglected consequences of war in lives of every day people, when all the macho posturing and political spectacle is over - broken lives, scarred bodies and "impure" histories tearing people apart not only in relation to each other but also within themselves.
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