Review by Chris Walts
Most people know something about current events and world conflicts, but, once the wars are over, people tend to overlook the fact that lives have been forever changed. Snow is a film about the remnants of an isolated Bosnian village and its survivors trying to eke out some sort of existence after the war. With all of the able-bodied men missing - their bodies have never been found - the women are forced to sell jam by the side of a road that no one ever drives down. Their luck changes when a rich Serb shows up and offers them all a large sum of money for their land. The women are now faced with a choice: move on, leaving their old life behind, or fight for what they have left. Moving on could mean a new start, but it also likely means foregoing all of their old traditions, and also accepting that their husbands are dead. Beautifully shot and wonderfully directed by Aida Begic, Snow is a sobering film that forces you to remember that the end of a war means the beginning of an entirely different struggle.
Aida Begic | Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Iran | 2008 | 99min