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Black Cat, White Cat
 
 

Directed by Emir Kusturica, Serbia 1998
135 mins. Romani, Bulgarian and Serbian dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : SILVER LION FOR BEST DIRECTION AT 1998 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
When gypsy grifter Matko is abruptly swindled by his own partner, he is unable to pay the large debt he suddenly owes.  As an alternative form of payment, Matko forces his adolescent son Zare into an arranged marriage with his partner's midget sister, Afrodita.  However, both Zare and Afrodita find the marriage objectionable, and their attempts to escape the situation lead to a series of unpredictable comic escapades. NB: Strong language!
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Mr. Kusturica so evidently adores all of the film's other characters that 'Black Cat, White Cat' becomes a wild, warts-and-all celebration of their lives and like Fellini, Kusturica finds true grace where it's least expected and makes films utterly, uncompromisingly his own."  (Janet Maslin - New York Times)

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