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on 23 May 2017
The hero here is a man who wants to get married but is looking for the love of his life - a diminutive princess, everybody else are a bunch of chisellers. How the hero and heroine meet matches traversing the eiger. Everything is thrown into the pot including the director's trade mark flock of geese. The gold diggers of life have got their claws into a gangster that makes john dillinger look a saint. There is no double cross that cannot become a triple cross. The characters are gross - problem is I have met people like this. However love conquers all and everyone gets their just desserts. The only problem is you have to follow the story as it rushes by at 100 mph.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 20 December 2015
"Crna macka, beli macor" to give it its original title is a work of pure genius. The plot is that Matko is a small time trader on the River Danube. He has a 17 year old son in the shape of Zare. Matko does a deal with a very unsavoury gangster Dadan who has a penchant for bling, nose candy and questionable songs.

Matko ends up oweing him money big time and by way of a bargain Matko agrees that his son will marry Dadan’s sister the improbably named Afrodita. What follows is a tale of criminals, love, gypsy music, more crims, loads of animals, lady shaving and a car eating pig to name but a few. This film is just mad and bonkers.

Director and writer Emir Kusturica is a visionary film maker and if you only ever see one of his films then make it this. The acting is wonderful, the comedy relentless, the ideas and imagination unparalleled and the animals are always a joy. This is cinema at its most glorious best, where it does new things in new ways and has a great big laugh at the same time. There are a couple of cats too just in case you were wondering – this is up there in my top ten films of all time – recommended till the cows, or even pigs, come home.
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on 17 November 2012
Black Cat White Cat takes you to a wild crazy world of simple and not so simple folk by the river. A plot with more twists than a rattler's back moves quickly through life death and marriage. The characters are wonderfully played and the whole colourful romp is a delight!!
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on 26 September 2017
Very good
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on 20 May 2017
Great
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on 19 November 2005
This is a riot of a film - as one has come to expect from Kusturica. Filled with the joy of life, it is set in a wild Balkan Gypsy milieu of gangsters and their bling, dwarf brides "waiting for Mr Right", gallows humour (quite literally) and a father who refuses to stay dead long enough to make it to his own funeral. With characters and action like that, it is a million miles away from the worthiness and dullness of some European cinema, and refuses point-blank to take itself seriously even for one minute. It taught me the secret of writing pure comedy - the behaviour must be so outrageous as to be utterly beyond belief - for life itself has a habit of turning what might be tragic into comic relief.
A Roma man owes a debt to Dadan, a gypsy mafioso surrounded by girls in white body-stockings and eye-popping make-up. In exchange for cancelling the debt, Dadan forces him to marry off his 17-year-old son to Afrodita, his stunted sister. The son has other ideas and another girlfriend, and searches for excuse after excuse not to marry her; while Afrodita equally has plans of her own. Into all this chaos comes the man's father, a snaggle-toothed veteran swindler now retired to a preposterously upholstered bed, who has a habit of stopping the show at critical moments to ensure the reluctant bride and groom are allowed to go their own way.
Mostly in the language of the Roma but occasionally lapsing into Serbo-Croat, the film detaches the word "Balkan" from "balkanisation" and proves that despite the upheavals of the last fifteen years Yugoslavia can become known for something other than blown-apart houses and desperate refugees tugging at western heart-strings. It also paints Roma life in bold, shocking colours; there are no heroes or villains in the story, just human beings as they are and as they should be - full of lust, vigour and chaos. A masterpiece of mayhem from Europe's most gifted director.
Oh yes - three more words - pit bull...terrier! This nutty pop-song provides Dadan with just the right kind of theme tune and was subsequently blasting out of every hi-fi in the Balkans.
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on 9 November 2000
The only time I have been to the cinema and the audience have applauded a film they wish had not ended - not bad for a bunch of reserved Brits! This is truly a fantastic film.
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on 27 July 2000
What a marvel this film is. (Marvel! ) Like Underground, regrettably the only other Kusturica film I've seen, it growls with energy and sparkles with wit. It's sheer inventiveness could shame a hotel full of rooms full of American screenwriters. It's gloriously messy and sweetly clean, and as you can read very hard to describe. But you don't read about Kusturica, you just have to watch and see and behold. Enjoy. You will.
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on 8 December 2000
...is perhaps insufficient to describe the glorious vital life that this film exudes! Kusturica was right to work with an almost completely-amateur cast - the spontaniety and comic timing is brilliant. Highly recommended.
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on 23 February 2007
Black Cat White Cat is a bizzare yet very funny comedy about the Serbian Gypsy community. Both surreal and farcical the film plots the comic twists and turns of the forced marriage of its teenage protagonist. Not intellectual, but very funny.
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