Eastern European Cinema Club IV: Black Cat, White Cat.

Posted on December 5, 2011

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Black Cat, White Cat (Serbia, 1998)

I absolutely adored this film. Set just off the Danube, it follows the lives of Matko, a terrible hustler, and his son Zare. A shady business deal goes wrong, and Matko ends up owing money to Dadan, the gangster with a bit of an obsession with that terrible/awesome ‘Pitbull Terrier’ song. (JA SAM PITBULL TERRIER). What follows is a story of genuine hilarity that really does show the organised chaos of some aspects of Balkan life. Dadan in particular is an immense character, managing to come across as completely reprehensible but also quite loveable at the same time. The 3 main elderley people in the film also portray the genuine importance that is place on the elderley in Roma society, and you can feel their exasperation at the ridiculous escapades of their offspring. Whilst the story does get a little predictable, it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, and the last 20 minutes or so are just brilliant. I could watch this film over and over.

Here’s a link to the song. Well, to a sort of dance hall remix of the song, with some scenes from the film as a video. Bloody brilliant.

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