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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
I watched Halimin Put last night and I can only congratulate Arsen Ostojić on the magnificent job he did by directing this feature film; as one says in Croatian, svaka čast majstore! I always enjoy watching films from the Balkans because of the actors' fascinating acting. Indeed, they act in such a natural way that we have the feeling to be also part of the film and experience the actors' feelings.
Beyond the tensions and cultural differences that may exist between Christians and Muslims, I really appreciated that Mr. Ostojić dealt with the psychological trauma suffered by people involved (both actively and passively) in a war. We mostly tend to forget that even if a war is over, it actually never ends for those who experienced it as this a hellish moment of life they cannot easily get over. I think the biggest strength of the film lies in the perfect depiction - through the behaviours of the characters - of the psychological ravages each person experiencing war has to cope with once the nightmare ends ; at least this is what made a lasting impression on me.
I am no film critic, but I was eager to submit my review on this title as it has been quite a while now since I last watched a film of such high quality. There is of course still very much to say about the other very interesting aspects of the film, but professional film critics will do it better than I ever will.
Keep up the good work, Mr. Ostojić! :-)
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