After the fall of the communist regime in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlovi, Irina Palm) returns to his former home after a 20-year exile in Germany. Returning with an attractive girlfriend, a new Mercedes, a pocketful of cash, and a lucky black cat, things are looking good for Divko. When his cat goes missing things begin to fall apart. Divko's turmoil finds an unsettling mirror in the country at large with signs appearing that the Bosnian War is coming. As the war looms, tensions run high and Divko must decide whether to stay in his newly reestablished home or leave.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Danis Tanovic's scalding black comedy about the insanity of war...Stephen Holden, New York Times, 02.16.2012
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.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 03.08.2012
[A] decidedly old-fashioned, quasi-satirical drama that is a bit on the nose with its indictments of post-communist animosities and opportunism.Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, 02.14.2012
While the emotional underpinnings feel raw, much of "Cirkus" also winds up spinning 'round to obvious, if uncomfortable, places.Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 02.16.2012