Grbavica (2007)

A woman sees her own traumatic past reflected in the actions of her teenage daughter in this drama from first-time writer and director Jasmila Zbanic. Esma (Mirjana Karanovic) is a single mother trying to raise her teenage daughter, Sara… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 12, 2007
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An emotionally blunt and gripping drama, Grbavica deftly explores the emotional toll that all wars take upon those who survive them.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Grbavica increases in power as it progresses. It's a movie about the ways in which people yearn for healing and about the many obstacles that work to prevent it.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The portrayal of a wounded society is compelling, and the film ends on a very modestly hopeful note, appropriate for a country where the 'dreams' have been mostly painful.

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Winda Benedetti
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This is a slice of Bosnian life, a powerful peek at average people trying to live their average lives despite the extraordinary and unthinkable things that lie in their past.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Like its music, the film's emotions proceed from lament to screaming screed to chorus of hope.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The admirable feminist agenda occasionally trips up the narrative, but the film's performances keep it on track.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Lovely in its understatement, quietly but insistently demanding that Esma's story, and those of too many other women, finally be told.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

While Grbavica concerns a legacy of hatred, it's also optimistic about Bosnia's physical and emotional reconstruction. If the film's final image doesn't move you, you'd better check your pulse.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

[Director] Zbanic makes the awful seem commonplace and vice versa, while adding ominous shadows to Esma's untold backstory. The war might be over, but fear and hope remain locked in a rapturous stranglehold amidst the rubble.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's really nothing new about the way Grbavica looks at the mother-daughter dynamic. But it's still refreshing to see any film that does so with such honesty and realism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
A fantastic film that like so many others has the most simple of premises but is rich in character complexities and emotions. War torn Bosnia is relegated to… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams," Esma(Mirjana Karanovic), a survivor of the Bosnian Genocide, is a seamstress in Sarajevo… More
Daisy Maduro
Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic made an excellent movie about the true story of woman during the war in former Yugoslavia. Many Bosnian women had been raped by… More