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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful
This is another wonderful film by Emir Kusturica. Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian civil war, it tells the story of Lukas, ethnic Serb, railway engineer, husband of the world's clumsiest opera-singer and father of the region's most talented football player. Being Kusturica, that's only the half of it, however. As the story of the war unfolds, and prisoners get...
Published on 25 April 2006 by Belgo

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1.0 out of 5 stars life is a miracle what a dissapointment
after reading so many ecstatic reveiws i thought that this was someting to look forward to but no. what a let down this film was,a juvenile mish mash.it was obviously made with children in mind,not a film for an adult. terry
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful, 25 April 2006
This review is from: Life Is A Miracle [DVD] (DVD)
This is another wonderful film by Emir Kusturica. Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian civil war, it tells the story of Lukas, ethnic Serb, railway engineer, husband of the world's clumsiest opera-singer and father of the region's most talented football player. Being Kusturica, that's only the half of it, however. As the story of the war unfolds, and prisoners get taken on both sides, the film mixes Kusturica's trademark chaos and beauty with the destruction of war and the attraction of love. Simply oozing warmth, charm, and those ever present wandering ducks, Life is a Miracle is a simply wonderful film. If you've seen and loved Black Cat, White Cat, then you'll know exactly what to expect. Enchanting music, wacky characters, spontaneous sing-a-longs, more cats and dogs than you can shake a stick at, and - I kid you not - a suicidal, lovesick donkey. In the hands of any other director the result would be absolute nonsense. With Kusturica, it's what you sat down to watch the film for in the first place. Every shot is a work of art, so carefully and beautifully composed as to impress you at every turn. The actors are so bursting with energy and larger than life that it often has the feel of a magical fairytale. And while Kusturica never trivialises the war that offers the backdrop to the film, he does use it to great effect, finding wonderful humour in it as well as ample opportunities to show off just how incredibly beautiful his film-making can be. The only drawback is the length - at almost 2.5hrs long, it requires quite a lot of energy to watch it. That said, you can only begin to imagine how much energy must have been required to actually make it. The word "masterpiece" is frequently overused, but honestly - they really don't make 'em like this anymore, if they ever did. A wonderful, wonderful film.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an underappeciated director, 19 Nov 2006
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Kustrica is quite simply one of the most talented directors not just of our time, but period. But as his films aren't po faced dirges, and because he evoke a robust earthy manic joy of life, the modern day pundits dismiss him or dont give him his proper due. Its sympomatic of our times, that we are brainwashed to distrust anything that bursts with energy and glee. His films, full of people and assorted animals: they range from parents and children, lovers and crooks, dealmakers, automobile and trains, musicians, rouges, pigs that eath rusted cars and lovelorn donkeys that want to commit suicide. True, his 'everything in the pot' approach does not always work, but what other director takes such risks and leaves us in the end with such fellow-feeling? The villages that his films are set in, are like villages all over the world, in all their chaos and noise and mess.

Which other director depicts the unspoken but tender regard that parents and children have for each other. Where else can you see glorious music being played, and musicians given their due. Where else does a dog, a cat, a pig, a donkey , gesse and chickens get their own screen space (and not always on their good behaviour).

This film, set in the recent war, may be critisised for not depicting the true horrors that took place, but i'd think for ordinay humans caught up in it, this was pretty much what it may have felt like. With all the shelling and bombing, that they were just pawns trying to live within the chaos and make sense. You dont always need the hollywood heroics.

Kustrica deserves a large fan base.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment, 1 Mar 2013
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A hilarious film on a tragic background. Emir Kusturica is a master of combining comedy and tragidy. Although the film is set on a sinister background of the wars in former Yugoslavia, your heart is light after watching the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great entertainment, 9 Feb 2013
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I like Kusturica films. This one is very likeable comedy set up in the time of bosnian civil war. Love for humanity and animals is at the forefront of comic situations which are caused by war. Although it is a fiction, the events looked real and similar situations did happen. I did enjoy this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kusturica does what he does best, 6 Sep 2012
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I remember watching Emir Kusturica's Black Cat White Cat and being completely blown away. It opened a magnificently exuberant world of colour, music and culture I had not experienced before. Having watched his earlier films I was interested to see how they were all very different from each other based on evrything from satire to drama and even magic realism Kusturica is a very versatile director.

Life is a Miracle is a fantastic film full of sympathetic characters, drama, romance and above all music. Set during the Bosnian war it tells the story of Luka, a railway worker, whose family life is shaped by his unstable wife and his football obsessed son Milos. However when the war comes Milos is forced to join the army and is eventually taken prisoner. Luka then comes into contact with a Bosnian Muslim girl who has been taken captive. He initially decides to try and exchange her for his son but the two fall in love. Although not the most original of narratives it is the way in which Kusturica tells the story that it makes such a good film. Humourous, poignant, and always musical (the directors gypsy band Emir Kusturica & the no smoking orchestra created a fantastic soundtrack)the otherwise harrowing narrative of the civil war is counterbalanced by a deeply human sense of wonder and charm.

The only reason that I gave this film four instead of five stars is that it does feel that Kusturica is perhaps relying too strongly on the successful formula behind Underground and Black Cat White Cat. It is in itself a great watch, if quite long, but in terms of his other films it doesn't really add much to the canon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies, 1 May 2011
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A beautiful movie built on a negative mirrored image with love and war going hand in hand. A must see, it might be even more appreciated after something like 'Black Cat, White Cat', to get used to the codes of the director in a lighter context if you have never had any Kusturica before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Kusturika film that everybody can understand!, 28 July 2010
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Emir is a phenomenal director, and this movie is pretty much easy to understand and conncet with.
It is a happy movie, with great scene from animals acting roles! and funny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great work from Kusturica, 17 July 2010
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Firstly ignore the synopsis that Amazon give you as it refers to a totally different film! The other reviewers seem to have given a reasonable synposis so I'll just say if you enjoyed Kusturica's other work you'll enjoy this one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life is a miracle dvd, 2 May 2012
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I'm a little disappointed, the DVD is in Serbian and sibtitles only in Romanian. There is no English at all, on the cover when I have chose, a title was in English and what have been sent to me is in Serbian. it's not fair
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Aug 2014
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Touching and funny. Love this director. It's clever and different and I will watch this again and again.
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