Film / Black Cat, White Cat

A farcical Yugoslav romantic comedy with plenty of slapstick violence and colorful characters. Directed by Emir Kusturica, also known for Time of the Gypsies, the film follows the hilarious romantic entanglements of a small community living on the edge of the Danube River.

Matko Destanov, a cowardly petty criminal, approaches larger-than-life gangster Grga Pitic for aid in a money-making scheme. Destanov lies to Pitic, telling him that his father, the old gangster's closest friend, is dead. Hilarity ensues when Destanov Sr. emerges from hospital.

Meanwhile, Matko's son, Zare, who is as honest as his father is corrupt, is hopelessly in love, but his father makes a deal to marry him off to the sister of Ax-Crazy criminal Dadan when the scheme starts going wrong.

As usual, you can find the basics at IMDB.

Provides examples of:

  • Laser-Guided Karma: Matko spends the whole film making dodgy deals with Dadan. In a sad yet satisfying scene towards the end he gambles away everything to the same Dadan that he saw as his benefactor.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Inverted by the title felines. As revealed when we briefly see them having sex near the end of the film, the black cat is female, while the white cat is male.
    • Revealed to English speakers. The original title leaves no doubt which is which.
  • Shout-Out: Grga Pitić is a big fan of Casablanca. He is seen watching it several times during the film, and quotes Rick's final line ("This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship") to his old friend Zarije in the final scene.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Dadan slaps Ida, has his sister lowered into cold water several times, and will bite anything that moves.