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After the end of the war in Bosnia, Halima, a good-natured peasant woman from a remote Muslim village in Western Bosnia, searches for the remains of her husband and her teenage son, who were taken by Serbian paramilitary forces and executed. Using DNA analysis, the UN Committee for Missing Persons manages to identify the remains of her husband in one of the mass graves, but the Committee still can't identify the remains of her son, since Halima refuses to give a blood sample for DNA testing. There is something that the Committee doesn't know, something that Halima is hiding from others: her beloved son wasn't actually her biological son. The story takes us back two decades ago, during the period of Yugoslavia, where we learn how Halima and her husband became adoptive parents, after fruitless efforts to have a child on their own. Along with that story, we follow Halima's path nowadays while she is searching for the biological mother of her son, the only person who can give a blood ...Written by
Good psychological insight into continuous Balcan conflict
If You don't want to cry skip this movie - it is very good and really deeply touches basic human conflicts that are so common on Balcans, but also universal. It was so difficult to me to explain to a foreigner (I am Serbian grew up in Slovenia during Yugoslavia) what was really going on during the war in Bosnia, Croatia... In short words it is inexplicable. The movie is a really good explanation what is going on during the centuries: how deeply people actually are connected to each other, but in many periods they try to behave as they are not et all. Actors are great and connection to reality is all the time alive. But specially I like dedication of this movie to a woman, who is a special victim in Balcans wars. I felt Halima's story is a very strong symbol for all mothers who pass all kinds of experiences to get a child and rise it - just to lose it for stupid wars, again and again and again...
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