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Life Is a Miracle

Life Is a Miracle
The Life is a Miracle movie poster
Живот је чудо
Život je čudo
Directed by Emir Kusturica
Produced by Alain Sarde
Emir & Maja Kusturica
Written by Ranko Božić
Emir Kusturica
Starring Slavko Štimac
Nataša Šolak
Vesna Trivalić
Vuk Kostić
Music by Dejo Sparavalo
Emir Kusturica
Cinematography Michel Amathieu
Edited by Svetolik Zajc
Distributed by Mars Distribution
Release dates
Running time
155 minutes
Country Serbia
Language Serbo-Croatian
Budget US$8,000,000
Box office $634,896 (Italy)
$345,862 (Russia & CIS)
$325,076 (Spain)
$197,080 (Poland)

Life Is a Miracle (Serbian: Život je čudo; Serbian Cyrillic: Живот је чудо) is a Serbian drama film directed by Emir Kusturica in 2004. It was entered into the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The film opens just as construction has been completed on a railway connecting a mountainous regions of eastern Bosnia and western Serbia in 1992. Luka, a Serbian engineer, has moved to Bosnia from Belgrade with his mentally unstable wife, Jadranka, and his football-playing son, Miloš, to run a railway station and act as caretaker. Luka is at work preparing the opening of the railway while Miloš attempts to become a professional footballer with the Partizan team. Utterly engrossed in his work and blinded by natural optimism, Luka remains deaf to the increasingly persistent rumblings of war, which has broken out in Croatia and threatens to spread.

When the conflict explodes, Miloš is denied his place on the football field when he must join the Serbian army, and Jadranka disappears on the arm of a Hungarian musician. Eventually, he receives news that Miloš has been taken prisoner of war. Luka considers suicide, but a profiteering acquaintance presents him with Sabaha, a Bosnian Muslim whom he has taken hostage.

Luka intends to exchange Sabaha for Miloš, but the two fall in love after they are forced to flee deeper into Serb-controlled territory. When a UN-enforced prisoner exchange is finally arranged, Luka and Sabaha try to escape to Serbia, but Sabaha is wounded by a Bosnian sniper as they attempt to cross the Drina river. Army nurses narrowly manage to save Sabaha's life, and she is exchanged for Miloš, along with other prisoners. Jadranka also returns, and the family is reunited in their old home, but Luka is lovesick. He lies down in front of a train, but when the train stops to avoid running over a mule, it is revealed that Sabaha is on board, and the two ride away on the mule.


See also


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Life Is a Miracle". Retrieved 2009-11-30. 

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