A singing group, trying to escape war-torn Sarajevo, has to wait for a tunnel to clear. While they wait, a cow has difficulty giving birth because of the "torsion" affecting its calf (i.e.,... See full summary »

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Davor Janjic
Admir Glamocak
Emina Muftic
Mirjana Sajinovic
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A singing group, trying to escape war-torn Sarajevo, has to wait for a tunnel to clear. While they wait, a cow has difficulty giving birth because of the "torsion" affecting its calf (i.e., it's in a twisted position inside). Fortunately, one of the choir members has some veterinary training, and with help from the chorus to drown out the sounds of war, the cow gives birth. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Disney-like depiction of war
29 April 2004 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

(A) Torzija is a well made film if you consider only the most superficial aspects of movie making and its well polished TV-like style left me absolutely cold. Instead of depicting the complexity and ambiguity of human beings under extreme pressure, the director chooses to cram as much easy (or cheesy) emotion as possible into the short narrative and has no insight to offer other than an overstated and heavy handed "art relieves suffering" motif as the choir's singing drowns out the sound of the bombs.

I know nothing of the director and his background and it's possible he has first hand experience with living through war and bombing. But sadly this would make the film even more disappointing. We can only hope that there are other new directors from the former Yugoslavia area that are philosophically and artistically equipped to depict the complex situation they have lived through and which continue to shape their lives.


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