An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
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An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
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 Iron Picker is a story of courage in the face of hardship and injustice. It revisits the alarming saga of Senada Alimanović and partner Nazif Mujić (recipient of the Berlin Silver Bear for best actor for his autobiographical portrayal). Struggling to make ends meet as a scrap-metal forager in the remote Roma community of Poljice, Nazif's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"Bleak, immersive story of a Roma family struggling to survive by salvaging metal."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"It's great to see an old hand going back to basics."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker is a film simple in execution but complex and demanding in its message."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"Not a laugh riot by any means but there's plenty of tenderness and heart in this vignette of rural life."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Robust and compassionate."
‑ Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
"Tanovic paints a desolate but sadly authentic portrait of stagnant poverty that doesn't even consider the option of rising up in protest."
‑ Dan Fainaru, Screen International
"The film is also grimly compelling on a dramatic level as an account of a family struggling desperately for survival."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"What lights up the screen is Nazif's quiet, undemonstrative love for Senada, and hers for him. It is finally very moving."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The mundaneness of misery can only be compelling for so long."
‑ Tom Clift, Movie Mezzanine
"It's all very intimate and convincing ... and the performances are naturalistic throughout. But there's nothing here we haven't seen before."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Padraic McKiernan, Irish Independent
"Even at a brief 75 minutes, it is, however, something of a grim slog."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Played out with agonising matter-of-factness against a wintry backdrop of chimneys and tips, it's a grim, if quietly compelling affair."
‑ Ali Catterall, Total Film
" intriguing yet uneven look at life in a rarely filmed corner of the world."
‑ David Nusair,
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