Black Cat White Cat
- rated - SIMMERING
It's a mad mad mad mad world
Emir Kusturica vowed, after the political lambasting he got after his
last film Underground, that he would never make another film. Luckily
he did, because he's an extraordinary film maker.
In Black Cat White Cat he revisits the gypsy people whom he filmed in
The Time of the Gypsies (1989). Black cat White Cat was apparently
conceived as a documentary, but with people like this it must have
almost immediately turned into a performance piece! These people are
stark raving mad!
Kusturica's camera follows them everywhere, giving us scene after scene
of mayhem and madness. There are animals, guns, money and bad teeth
everywhere. Somehow, Kusturica manages to inject a plot (of sorts) into
the proceedings (even if he does have to punctuate it with shots of
geese or a pig steadily devouring a car, for reasons known only to the
All's well that ends well, and I think that Kusturica's resolution of
the film is just as elegant as the solution one of the grandfathers
proposes to stop the wedding of his grandson to the wrong woman.
A beautiful-looking film populated by terrible-looking people having
more fun than most people could dream about. "Imagine if every patient
in the hospital brought their own band" complains a nurse. Imagine,