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Esma's Secret - Grbavica (2006)

Grbavica (original title)
A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Bosnian War.

Director:

Jasmila Zbanic

Writer:

Jasmila Zbanic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mirjana Karanovic ... Esma
Luna Zimic Mijovic ... Sara (as Luna Mijovic)
Leon Lucev ... Pelda
Kenan Catic Kenan Catic ... Samir
Jasna Beri Jasna Beri ... Sabina (as Jasna Ornela Berry)
Dejan Acimovic Dejan Acimovic ... Cenga
Bogdan Diklic ... Saran
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic ... Puska
Ermin Bravo ... Teacher Muha
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ... Pelda's Mother (as Semka Sokolovic)
Maike Höhne Maike Höhne ... Jabolka
Jasna Zalica ... Plema
Nada Djurevska Nada Djurevska ... Aunt Safija
Emina Muftic Emina Muftic ... Vasvija (as Minka Muftic)
Dunja Pasic Dunja Pasic ... Mila
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Storyline

Set against the backdrop of a former Yugoslavia of the nineteen-nineties, this is a single mother's anguish of how one must deal with truths and how to cope with a war's terrible past. With a twelve year old daughter to bring-up, both mother and child come head-to-head when a school trip is in the air and complications and rude awakenings arise from the ashes' of the cold and callous days of conflict, xenophobia and its secrets. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Language:

Bosnian

Release Date:

6 July 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La revelación de Sara See more »

Filming Locations:

Bosnia-Herzegovina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,977, 18 February 2007

Gross USA:

$43,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$848,073
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Luna Zimic Mijovic broke her leg when shooting the football scene. See more »

Connections

Featured in Smagsdommerne: Episode #5.12 (2007) See more »

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A Land Of Dreams, Or Nightmares?
25 May 2007 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

This little film drew me in with it's central characters, a Mother who was a war survivor,who had been in the P.O.W. camps in Sarajevo (played to perfection by Mirjana Karanovic), and her daily struggle to keep her head above water, with a thankless job in a cocktail bar, and with the daily battle with her adolescent daughter, Sara (played by Luna Mijovic). The two women share a love/hate relationship that will easily tear at your heart at times. This is not always an easy film to watch, but is an easy film to appreciate. First time writer/director Jasmila Zbanic works well with the cast,drawing just enough emotion to make this a heartbreaking, but satisfying experience.


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