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Directed by: Emir Kusturica

Produced: 2000

Countries & Regions: Yugoslavia

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Length: 149 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 22 August 2005

Cat No: ART294DVD

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Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): Serbian, Hungarian, English, German
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Dolby Digital 5.1

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Life is a Miracle

Cast: Nikola Kojo , Slavko Stimac , Natasa Solak , Mirjana Karanovic , Vesna Trivalic , Aleksander Bercek , Vuk Kostic , Stribor Kusturica , Branislav Lalevic , Davor Janjic , Adnan Omerovic

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Off-beat romantic comedy from award winning director Emir Kusturica, set during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. Luka (Slavko Stimac)... Read More

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Off-beat romantic comedy from award winning director Emir Kusturica, set during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. Luka (Slavko Stimac) is a mild-mannered railway clerk whose life is turned upside down, not just by the outbreak of the war, but when his wife runs off with a local musician. When Luka’s son is conscripted and then captured in the fighting, Luka is commanded to guard a pretty young Muslim nurse who will be used in a hostage swapping operation to recover his son. Love prevails even in the middle of a war however, as Luka finds himself slowly falling in love with the woman he is supposed to be guarding.

Kusturica's first feature for six years is an exhilarating work whose real star is a delightfully melancholic donkey. Kusturica in fact came in for a lot of flak when Life is a Miracle was released in 2004, with many critics quick to question his contention that no one was really to blame for the Bosnian conflict and that the media was culpable of misreporting events to the detriment of the Serbs. He certainly goes out of his way to portray his fellow countrymen as peaceable rogues in this typical blend of dark provocation and absurdist realism. But the Romeo and Juliet-like romance between railway engineer Slavko Stimac and Muslim nurse Natasa Solak (which provides just one of the picture's many Shakespearean allusions) has an optimistic sweetness that in some way atones for the story's moral shortcomings. Moreover, the action is packed with glorious set-pieces, most notably the operatic intrusion of Stimac's dotty wife Vesna Trivalic upon an atmospheric floodlit football match and the madcap mayhem of the going-away party thrown for their self-centred, conscripted son, played out to the delerious Gypsy jazz of Kusturica's 'No Smoking Orchestra'.

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