On the big screen everything looks majestic, grand, out of this world. add some popcorn and you have your escapism shot.

 

This is the stuff dreams are made of. Ok, ok, maybe that is not accurate, this is the stuff that was left over when dreams were made and stolen by a one toothed gypsy from the creator's backyard and has been transformed with the help of duct tape and a couple of shinny beads into an imitation dream, a legend of absurdity and drama, a funny nightmare in a far away land.

 

 

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Black cat White cat - The gypsy go wild

  This is the stuff dreams are made of. Ok, ok, maybe that is not accurate, this is the stuff that was left over when dreams were made and stolen by a one toothed gypsy from the creator's backyard and has been transformed with the help of duct tape and a couple of shinny beads into an imitation dream, a legend of absurdity and drama, a funny nightmare in a far away land.
   
 

My purpose is to make a movie to make you warm. To give you some heat.
Now, this rational world has become a place where only what is cool is good.
Do you cut the movie on the basis of the beat of modernity or the basis of the beat of your own heart?" - Emir Kusturica

   
 

Kusturica is a masterful painter of people's lives, weaving stories and characters, but in this movie he excelled into a completely different level, soaring up there with Gabriel Garcia Maraquez and other fantastical realism masters.

   
 
   
 

What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison. Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world.

Why don`t I see a Frank Capra today? Because people aren`t like this anymore? People haven`t changed that much in 60 years." - Emir Kusturica

   
  Gypsy's are always fun. Colorful, noisy, out of line, drunk, happy, sad, drunk, celebrating, drunk, loving, drunk. Ok, you get the point. Actually these days I have very little patience for drunks. Had my share. But you know what? If you are either a pirate or a gypsy, it is ok. (thinking about it now, Johnny Depp did play in Kusturica's Arizona dream…)

David Lachapelle, the glitzy surreal fashion photographer, said "If you want reality, take the bus" and black cat white cat should have that motto tattooed on its chest.
   
 
   
 

But, and this is huge but, this is by no means a fantasy movie. It is not even mystical on the level of Kustrica's 'temps des gitane" with its magical moments of suspended reality. No, Black cat white cat is always plausible, well, plausible if you are a two meter tall thin gypsy and most of you family fortune is invested in your mouth…

Gypsy tradition is all about the celebration of life, the survival of another day and the feast the night brings to end the work and start the play. It is a happy tradition where tragedy is just a variation of the drama, just another reason to drink, and this is where Kusturica is always at his best, in his element, a huge fly on the wall laughing his wings off and having a blast.

   
 
   
  The reason I am so fond of this specific cinematic escapade is that it is lighthearted when it is sad, it is tragic when it is comic, and in general it follows all the rules of writing that made Shakespeare a legend. It is a classically written countryside theatre play executed by brilliant actors with the best sense of timing and physical comedy I have seen in decades. It is a human story circus act with wierdos and creepy relatives, with beautiful countryside backdrops and less than beautiful mustached aunties. It is the real deal, and it just works.
   
  I will not cut my film because, because, because, because of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
- Emir Kusturica
   
 

If "temp des gitanes" is Kusturica's epic monumental gypsy poetry, Black cat white cat is a dirty limerick, a funny, juvenile, loudmouth limerick. And that is a breath of fresh air on our screen. A moment of real escapism into gypsy heartland, and gypsy heart's land.

A truly brilliant movie. A beautifully absurd gypsy fairytale. Highly recommended.