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The story of this cult Croatian TV-series is set in a remote Podravina village and revolves around a peasant Dudek and his wife Regica, whose troubles ensue from his honest and naive nature, since his fellow villagers take advantage of him to the greatest extent. Written by
Describing the life of a "simple" man Dudek in a small village, Gruntovcani manages to deliver the best production ever in Croatia or, IMHO, former Yugoslavia. Character portrayal is excellent, the plot is always interesting and (although one can always guess how's it is going to end for Dudek) full of unexpected development.
Several actors came up with their best roles in career, namely Martin Sagner as Dudek, but also unforgettable Zvonimir Ferencic as Cinober and Mladen Serment as Presvetli.
A highly recommended piece, although sometimes hard to understand except for those accustomed to the "kaj" dialect. At most times it is a comedy, but many a times it is very deep in describing human behavior, from good to bad. When one takes into account the time it was made, Gruntovcani is sometimes a brave piece as well, often discretely criticizing the communist regime of the time.
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