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The wrong Serb
on 29 July 2015
I'm afraid I can't agree with the 3 reviews posted so far, and find Kusturica one of the most overrated directors. How this won the Golden Lion is beyond me. Admittedly this film, being his first, isn't as OTT as later ones, but the characters are uninteresting and the set-up ridiculous. Hiding an attractive prostitute in the attic without the rest of the family cottoning on is an adolescent boy's fantasy, and hardly convincing. I suppose she taught him the facts of life later, but I gave up before that.
Kusturica is better-known, but inferior to, his fellow-Serb and rival Goran Paskaljevic. Living in London I've had the chance to see almost all of Paskaljevic's films. None is available on lovefilm, but they're all worth seeking out, particularly "Guardian Angel", "Tango Argentino" and "Cabaret Balkan."