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Film / Black Cat, White Cat

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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.


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  • Anti-Hero: Matko.
  • Ax-Crazy: Dadan Karombolo, the film's main antagonist.
  • The Big Bad: Dadan.
  • Black Comedy: Boy howdy.
  • Cool Old Guy: Grga Pitic and Zarije Destanov.
  • Death as Comedy
  • Gainax Ending
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This film is highly popular in European countries, especially Czech Republic.
  • Groin Attack: Afrodita Karambolo does this to her tailor.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: Everyone, especially Dadan Karambolo.
  • Leit Motif
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Oh, Crap!: Grga Jr. when he opens up the van.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Inverted by the title felines (and made clearer in languages, such as Serbo-Croat, in which the words for male and female cats are different). 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.
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  • Scenery Porn
  • 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 ("Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.") to his old friend Zarije in the final scene.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Dadan's henchmen.
  • Toilet Humor: The scene with Dadan and the outhouse.
  • Up to Eleven: The wedding scene and the scene with the goat.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Dadan slaps Ida, has his sister lowered into cold water several times, and will bite anything that moves.


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