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Belvedere2010

  • 3.8
Ruveyda is like most residents of the Belvedere refugee camp: a widow yearning to forget the tragedy of war, fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But unlike those around her, she spends most of her days in a bittersweet routine of caring for her extended family, and searching for the remains of her husband and son: both of which offer a precarious hope that is one day tested when her nephew is selected to participate in a reality show in a former enemy enclave. An emotionally rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, director Ahmed Imamović’s film paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love, and above all, forgiveness.

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A grim portrayal of a widow and her family coping with the aftermath of genocide.

The film’s protagonist is Ruveyda, a survivor of the Srebrenica massacre living in the Belvedere refugee camp with her sister Zeyna, her handicapped brother Aliya and his sons Adnan and Rayun. Ruveyda is one of thousands of women still looking for the bodies of relatives killed in Srebrenica in 1995. The Serb soldier who ordered her husband and son killed is now a prosperous businessman; when Ruveyda visits his house, demanding to know where her relatives are buried, he has her arrested and gets a restraining order against her. Though the war and atrocities are over, none of the characters have recovered from the trauma.

It's important to view the film in context: In the late 90s and early 2000s, the international community was widely criticized for its failure to bring war criminals to justice. Over the last few years a great deal has changed. Radovan Karadzic was finally captured in 2008, and Ratko Mladic, the commander directly responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, was arrested in 2011. Their prosecution cannot reduce the suffering of the victims, but it can establish a clear legal precedent in which there is no impunity for crimes of this scale.

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That Yugoslav conflict was on the other side of the planet from me, but the people in this movie look just like people who live next door to me. In the USA we still haven't come to grips with the message of this movie: How quickly a civil war can break out. One minute you're joking with your fellow citizens about your differences. Suddenly you're killing each other because of your differences. The "Reality Show" in this movie was like those weird "civil war reenactments" we perform in the States. The tackiness of the theatrical event masks the reality of what really happened. Hats off to the makers of this movie!

3 members like this review

A grim portrayal of a widow and her family coping with the aftermath of genocide.

The film’s protagonist is Ruveyda, a survivor of the Srebrenica massacre living in the Belvedere refugee camp with her sister Zeyna, her handicapped brother Aliya and his sons Adnan and Rayun. Ruveyda is one of thousands of women still looking for the bodies of relatives killed in Srebrenica in 1995. The Serb soldier who ordered her husband and son killed is now a prosperous businessman; when Ruveyda visits his house, demanding to know where her relatives are buried, he has her arrested and gets a restraining order against her. Though the war and atrocities are over, none of the characters have recovered from the trauma.

It's important to view the film in context: In the late 90s and early 2000s, the international community was widely criticized for its failure to bring war criminals to justice. Over the last few years a great deal has changed. Radovan Karadzic was finally captured in 2008, and Ratko Mladic, the commander directly responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, was arrested in 2011. Their prosecution cannot reduce the suffering of the victims, but it can establish a clear legal precedent in which there is no impunity for crimes of this scale.

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totally wonderful beautiful painful film_Sadžida Šetic - Ruvejda _is wonderful actually the whole cast is_the use of color here is powerful & well done_i didn't pay any attention to this war when it was happening_just seemed like something stupid far away_but war is so insane & it just doesn't stop_it seems we never learn

It,s so so! says Bruno Haswe!

was a very god movie i enjoyed it.

I really like shows like this of plain people and their lives..Especially in other countries , to see how they lived over there in that era..