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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..

Director:

Emir Kusturica

Writers:

Ranko Bozic (scenario and dialogue), Emir Kusturica (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Slavko Stimac ... Luka
Natasa Tapuskovic Natasa Tapuskovic ... Sabaha (as Natasa Solak)
Vesna Trivalic Vesna Trivalic ... Jadranka
Vuk Kostic Vuk Kostic ... Milos
Aleksandar Bercek ... Veljo
Stribor Kusturica Stribor Kusturica ... Captain Aleksic
Nikola Kojo ... Filipovic
Mirjana Karanovic ... Nada
Branislav Lalevic Branislav Lalevic ... President
Davor Janjic Davor Janjic ... Tomo
Adnan Omerovic Adnan Omerovic ... Eso
Obrad Djurovic Obrad Djurovic ... Vujan
Nele Karajlic Nele Karajlic ... Cymbal Player (as Dr. Nelle Karajlic)
Dana Todorovic Dana Todorovic ... SF TV Reporter (as Danica Todorovic)
Vanessa Glodjo Vanessa Glodjo ... Nurse 1 (as Vanesa Glodjo)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Music | Drama | War

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Country:

Serbia | France | Italy

Language:

Serbian | English | German | Hungarian

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$369,046 (France), 14 May 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Spoofed in Mi nismo andjeli 2 (2005) See more »

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Energetic
10 December 2004 | by Andro_TSee all my reviews

A typical energetic work from Emir Kusturica who allures us into his bizarre world inhabited with eccentric and weird human beings. Characters as they are exposed to us seem quite unnatural but as the movie gradually absorbs one gets used to and cares about them. Kusturica harmoniously blends comedy with drama and the result is an enjoyable and entertaining movie despite being built on a dramatic theme. The landscapes in the movie are breathtaking and an offbeat music has always been an integral part in Kusturica's works. Some elements might seem repetitive from his previous movies but I would rather infer those elements as a stamp of a genius. The only thing that almost spoils a delightful experience is an actress portraying Luca's wife. I could not swallow her annoying grimaces no matter how hard I tried. Her scenes apart, the movie is a pleasure to watch.


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