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Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat) (1999)

Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat) (1999)

Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat)



Critic Consensus: Rambling and eccentric, Emir Kusturica's comedy captures the life and energy of the Gypsy family at the heart of the tale.

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Bosnian-born filmmaker Emir Kusturica made this farce, set in a Gypsy settlement along the banks of the Danube, where three generations of characters burst forth in manic and frenetic displays of charm, confusion, and chaos. Garbage dump godfather Grga Pitic (Sabri Sulejman) and cement czar Zarije Destanov (Zabit Memedov), both in their 80s, remain friends even though they haven't seen each other in 25 years. Zarije's son Matko Destanov (Bajram Severdzan) goes to Grga for a loan. Matko is double-crossed by his partner, gypsy gangster Dadan Karambolo (Srdan Todorovic), who demands that Matko's son, Zare Destanov (Florijan Ajdini), marry Dadan's small sister, Afrodita (Salija Ibraimova). Unfortunately, Afrodita and Zare have absolutely no interest in each other. Cute barmaid Ida (Branka Katic) and Zare fall in love and only have eyes for each other as plans get underway for the wedding of Zare and Afrodite. The sudden death of Zarije seems to offer a solution, since no gypsy would have a wedding and a funeral on the same day. However, Dadan delays the death announcement by hiding Zarije, packed in ice, in the attic. The wedding celebration gets underway amid numerous madcap mishaps and misadventures. With a soundtrack of gypsy music and songs, the funny film features numerous non-professionals in the cast. Shown in competition at the 1998 Venice Film Festival and at the 1998 New York Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong language, drug use and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Emir Kusturica, Gordan Mihic, Karl Baumgartner, Karl Baumgartner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 4, 2000
October Films


Stojan Sotirov
as Bulgarian Customs Of...
Predrag Lakovic
as Priest No. 1
Miki Manojlovic
as Priest No. 2
Zdena Hurtocakova
as Black Obelisk
Irfan Jagli
as Bodyguard
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Critic Reviews for Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat)

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9)

As with some of Fellini's late works, the energy and inventiveness, not to mention the juicy vulgarity, are so consistent in Black Cat, White Cat that you feel you can slice into the material at almost any point.

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A colorful, frenetic mixture of slapstick and folklore that stands a good chance of delighting arthouse audiences the world over.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This is storytelling on the hoof, rambling, self-indulgent, but with enough warmth and humour to overcome its own excesses.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Lacking the emotionally charged metaphors that made Underground something more than a virtuoso Saint Vitus dance, Black Cat, White Catis determined to twist every character into an ideogram for vulgar humanity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's a mad scramble through the Felliniesque realm of Kusturica's imagination, and it proves nothing if not this much: give this man the Danube, Gypsy musicians and a camera, and you've got a party.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

With all of the horrible things happening in the corner of the world once known as Yugoslavia, it's a pleasant change-of-pace to discover a comedy that transpires there.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat)


A coke-snorting small-town gangster offers to let a scheming loser out of a debt if his son marries the mobster's daughter. Heavy on plot and with lots of quirky characters, this plays like a script Leonard Elmore might have written if he's been born a Bosnian gypsy.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Pretty scenes of the lives of gypsies on the banks of the Danube. More quirky Yugoslavian culture from Kusturica.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

½, I swear, a line of alien dialogue in Jabba's Palace early on in Return of the Jedi. It's when Luke first enters the palace robed in black and oozing confidence, possibly in an exchange with Jabba. Anybody remember this? Somebody must validate me!

EDIT: Actually, you know what? I might be when Threepio was translating their story to the ewoks while enthroned as their golden god. Right before he mimicks the explosion sound and got all the "ooh's" from the silly ewoks. No?

Also, I'm in Toronto for work. The city always reminds me of that line of alienese. It's fun.

Hope you goobs are doing well!

Neum Daddy

Super Reviewer

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