As If I Am Not There
As If I Am Not There (2010)

Filmmaker Juanita Wilson paints a harrowing portrait of a woman subjected to unrelenting horror in the midst of war in this powerful drama based on a true story. A lovely young woman in her twenties, Samira (Natasha Petrovic) was born and… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

A suitably harrowing, close-quarters account of the mass rape committed by Serbian rebel fighters during the Balkan wars of the early '90s.

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Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)

In her unblinking recounting of the story, director Wilson displays admirable restraint in the face of horror.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

It's an audaciously truthful film, made by a film-maker of considerable skill without an inch of prurience, and totally from a woman's point of view.

Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny

The story is told with a studied spareness. Dialogue and characterisation are minimal, the violence graphic.

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Priscilla Eyles
Little White Lies

An unforgettable central performance, but could be more dramatically engaging.

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Peter Bradshaw

A gruellingly tough drama about the nightmare of the Bosnian war, based on a 1999 novel by the Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

The plot never quite adds up and starts to drift aimlessly in the closing stages.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

Its unblinking look at sexual violence and degradation makes for exceptionally uneasy viewing, but it's a film that really should be seen.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It's the opposite of a wallow, but risks muffling the impact of this woman's experience too thoroughly.

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Only for those with a strong stomach, this Balkan gruellingly tough drama based on a 1999 novel by the Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic, gives an unblinking… More