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Esma's Secret - Grbavica (2006)

Grbavica (original title)
A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Bosnian War.

Director:

Jasmila Zbanic

Writer:

Jasmila Zbanic
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Drama

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Language:

Bosnian

Release Date:

6 July 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La revelación de Sara See more »

Filming Locations:

Bosnia-Herzegovina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,977, 18 February 2007

Gross USA:

$43,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$848,073
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Like many other productions in Bosnia, Esma's Secret - Grbavica (2006) is a small budget film. See more »

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A story that had to be told
29 July 2006 | by momisanSee all my reviews

Highly recommended.

Sarajevo is a raped city, Bosnia is a raped country and the culprit, although known, has never been convicted. How a person, and a nation, finds a strength to overcome the injustice? Very difficult, sometimes impossible.

I hoped and prayed that Sarajevo has that strength, and still do, however, this movie showed me how heavy the burden is. It is personal, a message to each one of the viewers to try to put themselves in victim's shoes and see how they would cope. Hard core stuff. The film tries to put on a positive spin at the end, however, it wasn't that convincing, I am afraid.

Mira Karanovic is absolutely stunning!


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