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

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


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 4.3/5
User Ratings: 20,868


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for strong language, drug use and some violence)
Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Emir Kusturica , Gordan Mihic
In Theaters:
Jan 4, 2000
October Films


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

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.

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

Bosnian-born writer-director Emir Kusturica makes raucous films so visually dense they overwhelm. But his characters, freakish or treacherous, come up wonderfully human.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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

There's a surprising warmth and even a little optimism behind Kusturica's gallows humor.

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
Total Film

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

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007

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?).

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | January 12, 2004

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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
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.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
Sight and Sound

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

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

A hilarious screwball masterpiece.

Full Review… | April 19, 2001
Matinee Magazine

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

Full Review… | February 14, 2001

You're in for a treat.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

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

Colourful characters and absurd scenarios, but very enjoyable.

Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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