An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)

The latest drama from Bosnian director Danis Tanović enlists a cast of non-professionals to reconstruct a harrowing personal ordeal that became a national scandal. Awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Berlin, An Episode in the Life of an… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 27, 2013
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Alissa Simon
Variety

As matter-of-fact as its mouthful of a title, Danis Tanovic's touching social-realist drama An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker offers a modest, low-key glimpse into the struggles of an impoverished Roma family.

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Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

Bleak, immersive story of a Roma family struggling to survive by salvaging metal.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

It's great to see an old hand going back to basics.

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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter

Robust and compassionate.

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Dan Fainaru
Screen International

Tanovic paints a desolate but sadly authentic portrait of stagnant poverty that doesn't even consider the option of rising up in protest.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent

The film is also grimly compelling on a dramatic level as an account of a family struggling desperately for survival.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

It's all very intimate and convincing ... and the performances are naturalistic throughout. But there's nothing here we haven't seen before.

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Padraic McKiernan
Irish Independent

Gritty fly-on-the-wall footage of family life with his wife Senada and their two young children accentuates the sense of an existence that is barely sustainable.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Even at a brief 75 minutes, it is, however, something of a grim slog.

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