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Life is a Miracle (2004)

Zivot je cudo (original title)
What could be better for the village than a scenic railway to bring in the tourists? What could be worse for tourism than war? Luka builds the railway and shuts his eyes to war. Then Luka's wife runs off with a musician and his son is called up to the army. Luka's life is a war zone. Then he meets Sabaha..

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Luka
Natasa Tapuskovic ...
Sabaha (as Natasa Solak)
Vesna Trivalic ...
Jadranka
Vuk Kostic ...
Milos
Aleksandar Bercek ...
Veljo
Stribor Kusturica ...
Captain Aleksic
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Filipovic
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Nada
Branislav Lalevic ...
President
Davor Janjic ...
Tomo
Adnan Omerovic ...
Eso
Obrad Djurovic ...
Vujan
Nele Karajlic ...
Cymbal Player (as Dr. Nelle Karajlic)
Dana Todorovic ...
SF TV Reporter (as Danica Todorovic)
Vanessa Glodjo ...
Nurse 1 (as Vanesa Glodjo)
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What could be better for the village than a scenic railway to bring in the tourists? What could be worse for tourism than war? Luka builds the railway and shuts his eyes to war. Then Luka's wife runs off with a musician and his son is called up to the army. Luka's life is a war zone. Then he meets Sabaha.. Written by Aline

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14 May 2004 (France)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$369,046 (France) (14 May 2004)
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Trivia

The BBFC originally requested cuts to a scene where a cat attacks a live pigeon. The cut was waived before release after director Emir Kusturica provided the censors with evidence that the scene was faked and the bird was not hurt. See more »

Goofs

The movie was shot along a narrow gauge railway but Mayor Radovan arrives to the village on a normal gauge railcar. (00:07:38-00:09:33) See more »

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Featured in Maradona by Kusturica (2008) See more »

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Various layers of reality - always very well done
12 May 2008 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

For those who have already seen other Kusturica movies, this one will clearly be seen as a further step in the evolution of a great director. Some of his trademark ingredients are there: the basic carnal pleasures of life, the tragicomic Balkan-style eating/drinking/making love, his deep dislike for war and for any type of inter-ethnic strife, his heartfelt contempt for international organisations which did not prevent the massacres in former Yugoslavia, his entirely non-PC men and women characters, his optimism. These are recurring layers of his Balkan moussaka, but perhaps more are being added, as his optimism appears now turning into a nearly messianic faith that eventually, by helping each other, things will be as good as they can (though not impossibly so, as in Hollywood...).

It is not something one might rationally believe, but it is enchanting nonetheless.

Ultimately this is a movie about human hope, unpolluted by religious nonsense. There lays its real value.


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