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An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker review

The title of this docudrama, set in rural Bosnia, may be unwieldy but it’s also laced with bitter irony: that understated ‘episode’ describes a real-life national scandal in which an impoverished Roma couple, portraying themselves, frantically attempt to pay for the wife’s life-saving surgery after she miscarries – facing red tape and prejudice at every corner.

Played out with agonising matter-of-factness against a wintry backdrop of chimneys and tips, it’s a grim, if quietly compelling affair. (It also makes you terribly grateful for the NHS.)

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