Reviews - Cirkus Columbia (2010)
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Cirkus Columbia (2010)

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, UK, Germany

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director: Danis Tanovic

Writers: Ivica Djikic, Danis Tanovic

Stars: Predrag Manojlovic, Mira Furlan, Boris Ler, Jelena Stupljanin, ...

A story set in the former Yugoslavia and centered on a guy who returns to Herzegovina from Germany with plenty of cash and hopes for a good new life.

75 | 2012-02-17 | V.A. Musetto

A family getting evicted from its home is no laughing matter, except if you're watching Cirkus Columbia, a satiric comedy from, of all places, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Read More: New York Post

75 | 2012-02-17 | Diego Semerene

Its lightheartedness and overtly traditional narrative structure become a smart strategy for crafting what is ultimately a very nuanced political critique of capital.
Read More: Slant Magazine

70 | 2012-03-08 | Sheri Linden

Despite its wobbly tone and stumbles into implausible melodrama, the film succeeds as a study of realignments among friends and family, a gently cracked mirror held up to the insanity that would soon devastate the region.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

70 | 2012-02-14 | Deborah Young

Tanovic wisely returns to his Bosnia and Herzegovina roots, where the small but highly nuanced story, set in prewar 1991, rings with authenticity and weight.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

67 | 2012-02-15 | Sam Adams

Like its characters, who can't believe their stable nation could be threatened by ethnic unrest, Cirkus Columbia looks to the past, evoking the kind of unreal, vaguely politicized tales that were once the lifeblood of arthouse cinema.
Read More: The A.V. Club

60 | 2012-02-14 | Alissa Simon

Though burdened by major problems of tone, Tanovic's fourth feature succeeds in making clear the incredulity with which most people regarded the thought of war and dissolution of Yugoslavia, as well as the machinations of various opportunistic groups.
Read More: Variety

60 | 2012-02-14 | David Fear

The tongue is in cheek and the tone is ironic and bleak, at least until the should-we-stay-or-should-we-go climax punctures the mood. Still, welcome back, Danis.
Read More: Time Out New York

50 | 2012-02-16 | Stephen Holden

Half of the time, the movie - based on a novel by Ivica Dikic, who collaborated with Mr. Tanovic on the screenplay - has the tone and pace of a farce. The other half, it plays like an unconvincing melodrama. The film assumes knowledge about the history and politics of the former Yugoslavia and the wars involved in its breakup that most Americans don't possess.
Read More: The New York Times

50 | 2012-02-14 | Aaron Hillis

"No Man's Land" director Danis Tanovic, adapting a novel by Ivica Djikic, also returns to his roots with this decidedly old-fashioned, quasi-satirical drama that is a bit on the nose with its indictments of post-communist animosities and opportunism.
Read More: Village Voice

40 | 2012-02-16 | Joe Neumaier

Director Danis Tanovic never undersells the anger and tension in the family, yet while the emotional underpinnings feel raw, much of "Cirkus" also winds up spinning 'round to obvious, if uncomfortable, places.
Read More: New York Daily News