A Roma family in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The father Nazif barely makes ends meet as an iron picker to support his family. His partner Senada is pregnant and tends to their home and their two young daughters. When Senada suffers a miscarriage, she needs an immediate treatment, but Nazif can’t afford it.
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I found it chilling how detached the characters were while dealing with such terrible conditions. It's a strong characteristic of the film in general, I find. Gives you an idea of how life can be. More about the film on my blog: http://tinyurl.com/nf3uvxs
Eis um dia qualquer na vida de um cigano bósnio que Danis Tanovic resolveu filmar: Um episodio súbito, um aborto indesejado, uma odisseia trágica. Tudo imbuído de absoluto realismo, mas também de momentos comoventes e emocionantes, enfim de redentora felicidade. Um spin-off dA MORTE DO SR. LAZARESCU, onde se pesa a existência no ferro velho, e se conta ficção e documentário em um particular conto de inverno.
Interesting topic. Good, naturalistic performances. Excellent cinematography. However, there's virtually no backgrounds or information about the main characters or their past. It does the job of reminding/telling about the situation in the region. Requires additional research, as the Bosnian/Yugoslavian recent history is rather complex and to someone from outside difficult to understand and form an opinion.
Tanovic has created a very personal movie that shows the Bosnia of today, a movie that stands against political correctness and tells a raw local story that shows contemporary society at it's worst. The two Silver Bears at the Berlinale are well deserved.
A neorealist film in which a poor gypsy family (playing themselves) struggle to find medical treatment for the mother. So much is got from so little with careful crafting of real events into story drama (only occasionally a little exaggerated) and the use of the children for pathos, as in Bicycle Thieves. Non-professional actors exude warmth. And the iron scavenging gives authentic social context - powerful stuff.
If perhaps not for its artistic value, credit is well deserved for the humanism that transpires through every single frame. This is why cinema is so powerful at its best. It is able to resonate deep inside us either intellectually or spiritually, leaving an indelible footprint. Special mention to the familiar warmth & tenderness on show amid the vast cold indifferent reality. Should not leave anyone unmoved.