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A tiny European country which for years has survived financially only through evading its bills and smuggling is finally facing bankruptcy, when a rich American agrees to save the place by buying it. But before, the deal is closed, he dies. His nearest relative and heir turns out to be a young woman with high ethical and democratic standards, but no experience with money, or affairs of state, or Europe. A charming young English visitor helps her to muddle through. Comedy and romance follow. Written by
The country is named Lampidorra, and it's a tiny municipality in Europe, the smallest country in fact, kind of squished in next to Switzerland. It's so small, it makes Switzerland look the size of Mongolia. The citizens there have a thriving industry that has kept them going for years - the industry of smuggling.
A rich American buys half the country, and then dies. A grand search is on to find his nearest heir, who ends up being something like an Aunt's sister-in-law's nephew's second-cousin, twice removed. She travels to the country to sort out what's going on, and is shocked to see that they hold smuggling highly as their main source of income!
Sounds like a wonderful movie, eh? Good idea for a story line and somecomedy, and Dirk Bogarde in pyjamas. But the whole thing just isn't executed well, and it gets very trying after the first half-hour or so. The start is amusing, where it's narrated - telling you Lampidorra's history and also thanking the citizens for speaking English rather than Lampidorran during filming, thus wiping out the need for English subtitles! Overall though, only 5/10.
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