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

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

tomatometer

85

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 5

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

89

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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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Average Rating: 4.3/5
User Ratings: 20,860

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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

Jan 4, 2000

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (5) | DVD (5)

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.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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A colorful, frenetic mixture of slapstick and folklore that stands a good chance of delighting arthouse audiences the world over.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is storytelling on the hoof, rambling, self-indulgent, but with enough warmth and humour to overcome its own excesses.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Bosnian-born writer-director Emir Kusturica makes raucous films so visually dense they overwhelm. But his characters, freakish or treacherous, come up wonderfully human.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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There's a surprising warmth and even a little optimism behind Kusturica's gallows humor.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's ridiculous and self-indulgent, but Kusturica is so skilful, conjuring up one sweeping, sumptuous set-piece after another, that you can't help but go along for the ride.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's anything but subtle but the magnetism of the cast and sheer exuberance of the storytelling make this fairly irresistible.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Based on true events, this deeply involving film is not only a terrific story but it's also very timely in the issues it examines.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It is as though Four Weddings And A Funeral had been reimagined by Fellini with a cast of crazy Balkan rogues and a background chorus of farmyard animals.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's a highly enjoyable, fast-paced comedy about warring gypsy families who are after both money and true love (isn't that what all comedies are about?).

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

If you can tap into its twisted vibe, it's a lot of fun.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

This latest from writer-director Emir Kusturica eventually grows on one not through its relentless laughs, but by its unexpected sentiment about romance and friendship.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The film's most memorable images all seem to be either irrelevant diversions (like the pig eating a car) or reruns of previous greatest hits.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Salutes the irrepressible energies of love and friendship in hard times.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A hilarious screwball masterpiece.

April 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Often funny, but more often feels like you're missing an inside joke somewhere.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

You're in for a treat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

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.
January 30, 2014
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Pretty scenes of the lives of gypsies on the banks of the Danube. More quirky Yugoslavian culture from Kusturica.
July 23, 2009
RossCollinsUK

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...is, 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!
August 1, 2007
neumdaddy
Neum Daddy

Super Reviewer

Colourful characters and absurd scenarios, but very enjoyable.
June 22, 2008
KLFilmmaker

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