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(A)Torzija (2003)

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
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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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Sacred cow of Sarajevo demise
17 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a collaborative project, a short film with Slovenian production, Serbian director, and Bosnian screenwriter and cast. A snapshot of gloomy and bizarre life in Sarajevo during the 90's siege. Local choir members try to make their way through the tunnel to the other side, and eventually reach Paris where they are to perform. They are delayed when neighbor's cow gets sick and determined to help her survive and potentially save lives of many she feeds. In the midst of the terrible demise, people join together to do a small but noble deed risking their own safety, everyone helping as they can.

The film is knitted with dark humor, so typical for the region, that exposes humans inside shadowy creatures worn out by their suffering. Well crafted, solid performances. However, it does not bring much new into the equation (see "No Man's Land", etc.), although it does keep a safe distance from risky political references (unlike "No Man's Land", and "Lepa sela lepo gore", for example). The last scene is a gem, as well as the one with the dogs.

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