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

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A Land Of Dreams, Or Nightmares?
25 May 2007 | by (United States) – See 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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