Sto je muskarac bez brkova? (What is a Man Without Moustache?) (2005)
When the husband of a tempestuous widow dies unexpectedly, her year-long code of silence is finally broken as she falls for an alcoholic priest whose flying flock has left him bankrupt in director Hrvoje Hribar's amorous romantic comedy. Tatiana's (Zrinka Cvitesic) husband has died, and in her desperate search for companionship she has fallen for Father Stipan (Leon Lucev) -- a dejected priest with a strong taste for the sauce. As Father Stipan's military-man brother returns to the small Croatian town for military maneuvers with his mistress in tow, the romance between widow and priest gets complicated by a case of mistaken identity. Meanwhile, a father and daughter returning to town from a stint in Germany find their own lives complicated when the young girl falls for a handsome, ecologically minded poet. … More
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This Croatian romantic comedy/drama is not comparable with anything coming from Hollywood, and the reason is that the writer and the director Hrvoje Hribar managed to incorporate the dark humour of the Balkans into the dialogue so successfully that I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or cry at the given moments. This was an adaptation of Ante Tomic's 2000 novel of the same name, and maybe the credit should be given to him for the really well developed crazy story! We had all things happening, from a young widow Tatjana (Zrinka Cviteic) chasing a handsome Catholic priest, former alcoholic, father Stipan (Leon Luchev), her dead husband's brother Marinko (Ivo Gregurevic), who has also recently returned from Germany wants her as his wife, and the local bishop (Ivica Vidovic) wants to reduce the risk of anything wrong happening sending the young priest to mission in Africa... but wait, there is more... of course, you'll have to watch the movie to find out what twists lay ahead - and there are many, rolling like a steam-roller while you are trying to catch a breath. I am familiar with most of the actors from this part of the world, and this was impressive cast!
I already mentioned few times one of the oldest film festivals in that part of the world, the one at Pula. Well, at the 53rd Pula Film Festival, this film won the Golden Gate of Pula award as the audience's favourite. At the same festival, Cviteic won the Golden Arena award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Tamara Obrovac won the award for Best Music Score. In addition to winning at Pula, Cviteic also won the Best Actress Award at the 11th Sarajevo Film Festival. Very entertaining, and with outstanding humour, this movie is magically realistic but because of the unique style of the humour, movie is usually hard to sell outside the Balkans. There is absurdist tone you could feel all the time but that did not disturb the good-natured sensibility which will follow you to the end. If you have a chance to find it - please, enjoy it for me as well!
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