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10 Ratings



Directed by Juraj Lehotský
Czech Republic, 2013


Fifteen-year-old Ela finds herself in a correctional facility. The girls who end up here have often had much bleaker experiences than many adults, but their dreams and desires aren’t all that different…

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Miracle Directed by Juraj Lehotský

Awards & Festivals

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2013 | 2 special mentions including: East of West Award



Owing perhaps to his background in documentary, Lehotsky is a skilled realist. No detail feels overstated or out of place, and the filmmakers grant special attention to how the shape of a room can influence the action that takes place within it (like the Romanian film Child’s Pose, which also screens tomorrow night,Miracle gets lots of dramatic mileage out of cramped interiors). This is less sentimental thanBlind Loves, but no less terse or observant.
March 07, 2014
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Miracle is cool and unflinching, and Lehotský, whose early work was in documentary filmmaking, remains driven by an admirable impulse to expose the hardscrabble lives of Slovakia’s disenfranchised. As is often the case with better films of this sort, Miracle is redeemed by its lead performance.
December 17, 2013
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Michaela Bendulová is a huge asset to this grimly engaging film as Ela, its lead and anchor. Discovered after a thorough scouring of re-education facilities much like the one Ela is sent to, Bendulová may have just landed a lucky break of a nature utterly unthinkable to her character and antithetical to Zázrak‘s generic conventions.
September 26, 2013
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