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An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

2013 1h 15m Drama List
94% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 64% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A pregnant woman cannot pay for a medical procedure and is sent home. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Alissa Simon Variety As matter-of-fact as its mouthful of a title, Danis Tanovic's touching social-realist drama An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker offers a modest, low-key glimpse into the struggles of an impoverished Roma family. May 2, 2014 Full Review Stephen Dalton Hollywood Reporter Robust and compassionate. May 2, 2014 Full Review David Jenkins Little White Lies It's great to see an old hand going back to basics. Rated: 3/5 Apr 25, 2014 Full Review Vladan Petkovic Cineuropa It goes to the director's credit that he has expertly told a universal story with strong local edge. Aug 17, 2020 Full Review Ben Nicholson CineVue Despite its flaws and grim veneer, Tanović's drama makes for compelling and touching cinema with something crucial to say. Rated: 3/5 Mar 20, 2019 Full Review Siobhan Synnot Scotsman Bleak, immersive story of a Roma family struggling to survive by salvaging metal. Rated: 4/5 May 19, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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chris k A true story artfully presented by the people that experienced it, a story which reminds us - in such tragic nature - of all marginalised communities, the apathy towards them and how progress is still needed - even in one part of Europe. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Refreshing to see some real people. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Tanovic tells this revolting real story using a welcome verité style and non-professional actors who play themselves, all in a way that invites comparisons with the Iranian New Wave, but his plain, fly-on-the-wall approach may feel distant and prevent us from a greater emotional response to it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Simple story of an iron picker and his wife's need for medical treatment. Mundane but highlighting the often neglected life of the less well off. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member "The mundaneness of misery can only be compelling for so long." Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Gripping true story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A pregnant woman cannot pay for a medical procedure and is sent home.
Danis Tanovic
Amra Baksic Camo, Danijel Hocevar, Cédomir Kolar
Danis Tanovic
Production Co
RAI Cinema
Original Language
1h 15m