Cirkus Columbia
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Following the fall of the communist regime in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1991, Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlovic) returns to his former home after a 20-year exile in Germany. Returning with an attractive young girlfriend, a flashy new Mercedes, a pocketful of cash, and a lucky black cat, things are looking good for Divko. When his cat goes missing things begin to fall apart: trouble with his girlfriend and the fledgling relationship with his estranged son are strained as the entire town scrambles to find the cat and collect the cash reward being offered. Divko's personal tumult mirrors the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite its wobbly tone and stumbles into implausible melodrama, the film succeeds as a study of realignments among friends and family, a gently cracked mirror held up to the insanity that would soon devastate the region."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"While the emotional underpinnings feel raw, much of "Cirkus" also winds up spinning 'round to obvious, if uncomfortable, places."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"reaches a sublime balance between the personal and the political"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"A family getting evicted from its home is no laughing matter, except if you're watching "Cirkus Columbia,'' a satiric comedy from, of all places, Bosnia and Herzegovina."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Cirkus Columbia looks to the past, evoking the kind of unreal, vaguely politicized tales that were once the lifeblood of arthouse cinema."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"Cirkus Columbia is not as clever or complex as Danis Tanovic's masterpiece, No Man's Land, but it has its charms, not least its beguiling depiction of Balkan life before the war."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Danis Tanovic's scalding black comedy about the insanity of war..."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"[A] decidedly old-fashioned, quasi-satirical drama that is a bit on the nose with its indictments of post-communist animosities and opportunism."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Its lightheartedness and overtly traditional narrative structure become a smart strategy for crafting what is ultimately a very nuanced political critique of capital."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
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