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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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Language:

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Release Date:

14 May 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

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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 »

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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 We Are Not Angels 2 (2005) See more »

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Do we risk to get tired of Kusturica's carnaval?
17 May 2004 | by checcocinemaSee all my reviews

Kusturica repeats himself, it's the first thing that comes to mind when leaving the cinema. Still, this is not necessarily a negative sign, for an author who has been able to create "Underground" or "Black cat, white cat". This movie is an authentic hymn of joy to life, love and humanity (sure, also that grotesque humanity that in the Balkan countries may look wild sometimes), thus we can be happy that Kusturica has achieved once again this objective. In addition, Kusturica stress here in an unusual way for him the real power of sentiment between two persons which can overcome war and ethnic division.

However, the instruments that Kusturica uses are this time too familiar for us and we cannot avoid the impression of the repetition of the same gags and expressions that we have seen in his previous films. This "déjà vu" becomes impressed in our minds since the beginning, just after the magnificent aperture of the movie. A "déjà vu" which allows us to anticipate the gestures of the each character. In addition, the carnaval does not allow to catch the important political assumption of this movie, which is that that war was a war instigated by all illegal dealers on both sides to preserve and increase their traffics and that first of all the fights happened within each camp, to eliminate those who were promoting a fair and decent life (see the murder of the Serbian mayor by his Serbian deputy). This political assumption is one of the strongest elements of the movie, but is Kusturica's carnaval reinforcing or diluting this powerful message?

I believe that Kusturica is now come to a real crossroad: either he continues to follow his colorful and sometimes grotesque representation of the Balkan soul and in this way simply repeating himself or is he addressing new territories with different instruments. This movie represents some old and some new for him: this is its strength and its weakness. I hope to see Kusturica taking the challenge and using his immense creativity to enter into a new dimension.


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