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Esma's Secret - Grbavica (2006)
"Grbavica" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  6 July 2006 (Germany)
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A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Esma
Luna Zimic Mijovic ...
Sara (as Luna Mijovic)
Leon Lucev ...
Pelda
Kenan Catic ...
Samir
Jasna Beri ...
Sabina (as Jasna Ornela Berry)
Dejan Acimovic ...
Cenga
Bogdan Diklic ...
Saran
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic ...
Puska
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Teacher Muha
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ...
Pelda's Mother (as Semka Sokolovic)
Maike Höhne ...
Jabolka
Jasna Zalica ...
Plema
Nada Djurevska ...
Aunt Safija
Emina Muftic ...
Vasvija (as Minka Muftic)
Dunja Pasic ...
Mila
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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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6 July 2006 (Germany)  »

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$5,974 (USA) (16 February 2007)

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$43,060 (USA) (8 June 2007)
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Heartbreaking
24 August 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Grbavica, Sarajevo, Esma Halilovic (Mirjana Karanovic) raises her teenage daughter Sara (Luna Mijovic) alone with many difficulties and working in double-shift. Every now and then Esma participates in a group therapy with other traumatized Bosnian women that have survived to the Balkan War. Esma needs two hundred Euros for the school trip of Sara and is working hard to raise the amount. When Sara is informed by her teacher that the martyr certificate of her father would grant her to travel for free, she presses her mother to give the document. But Esma borrows the money and pays the full price and Sara forces her mother to disclose the truth about her father.

"Grbavica" is a heartbreaking movie about the violence against women in the Balkan War. The touching and credible story is very simple but discloses in a very delicate way through the relationship of a mother abused in a women's camp and her spoiled and rebel teenage daughter. The performance of Mirjana Karanovic and the direction of Jasmila Zbanic are awesome and the result of their work will certainly bring tears to sensitive viewers. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Em Segredo" ("In Secret")


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