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Esma's Secret (Grbavica)

Esma's Secret (Grbavica)
  • 2005
  • Bosnia
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jasmila Zbanic
  • Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Mijovic, Leon Lucev
  • Website: www.grbavica.co.uk

In the years after the Balkan war Esma (Karanovic) and her daughter (Mijovic) struggle to cope. Proving that Sara's father is a war hero will entitle them to preferential treatment, but can they rewrite history? The past haunts the present in this economical low-key post civil war drama, which delicately investigates the weight of past traumas and their effect on society.

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Esma's Secret

13 Mar 20074 stars

The past haunts the present in this coming-of-age drama from Bosnian writer-director Jasmila Zbanic, which won the a prize at last year’s Berlin festival. The film’s original title Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams refers to a Sarajevan suburb, where in…

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