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Cirkus Columbia (DVD Review)

29 Apr, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Street 5/1/12
Box Office $0.003 million
$27.99 DVD
Not rated.
In Bosnian with English subtitles.
Stars Miki Manojlovic, Mira Furlan.

Against the backdrop of Herzegovina prior to the Yugoslav wars, Cirkus Columbia tells an entertainingly quirky story of one family affected by the unrest.

Lucija lives alone with her son, Martin, a young man more interested in his CB radio than in women. Lucija’s husband, Divko, left them 20 years prior because of the political fighting. Stepping in to fill the void Divko left is Savo, a military officer who also has unspoken feelings for Lucija. 

Feeling safe to return home, Divko returns from Germany with his young, beautiful girlfriend, Azra, and lots of cash. He swiftly kicks Lucija and Martin out of his house, requests a divorce from her and continues his fight against the communists, who no longer have the upper hand.

Martin never knew Divko, who left when he was a baby. The two don’t recognize each other when Divko pulls up with Azra at the gas station where Martin works.

Azra feels guilty about what Divko has done to Martin and Lucija, and she befriends Martin, much to the anger of Lucija.

As the brewing war begins to increasingly bubble, the family is pulled apart yet again. This time old wounds are healed first, and it’s a surprise who ends up together and who ends up fleeing.

If you don’t know anything about the wars and unrest in Herzegovina, some parts may be a bit confusing. But this engaging drama from director Danis Tanovic (Academy Award winning No Man’s Land) will no doubt engage throughout.

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