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: February 16, 2007
DVD 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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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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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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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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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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Grbavica is a film we watch with our heart in our mouth, wondering when, if ever, the war will end for those who lived through it and, at least physically, survived.

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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.

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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
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
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
Robert Brogan
Grbavica delivers as a real-life family drama. It is refreshing to see acting more genuine than melodramatic, and yet still make for dramatic effect. The film… More