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

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

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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, Rovi
Rating:
R (for violent content, language and some sexuality)
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
October Films

Cast

Zabit Memedov
as Zarije
Jasar Destani
as Veliki
Stojan Sotirov
as Bulgarian Customs Officer
Predrag Lakovic
as Priest No. 1
Miki Manojlovic
as Priest No. 2
Salija Ibraimova
as Ladybird
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 (34) | 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 25, 2009
Variety
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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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… | December 31, 1999
ReelViews
Top Critic

There's nothing cynical or cold-hearted about Black Cat, White Cat. Like the waves of geese, pigs, goats, dogs and cats that sometimes threaten to overwhelm the human characters, it is recklessly, indescribably alive.

December 31, 1999
Salon.com
Top Critic

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

½

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
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
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

Colourful characters and absurd scenarios, but very enjoyable.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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