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Montenegro (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  9 October 1981 (Sweden)
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A bored wealthy housewife on the verge of insanity cuts loose with some lively Yugoslavian immigrants who delight in their bohemian lifestyle.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Anspach ...
Marilyn Jordan
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Martin Jordan
Marianne Jacobi ...
Cookie Jordan (as Marianna Jacobi)
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Jimmy Jordan
John Zacharias ...
Grandpa Bill
Per Oscarsson ...
Dr. Aram Pazardjian
Marina Lindahl ...
Secretary
Bora Todorovic ...
Alex Rossignol
Lisbeth Zachrisson ...
Rita Rossignol
Svetozar Cvetkovic ...
Montenegro
Patricia Gélin ...
Tirke
Dragan Ilic ...
Hassan
Nikola Janic ...
Mustapha
Mile Petrovic ...
Zanzi Bar Customer
John Parkinson ...
Piano Player
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Storyline

Marilyn Jordan is a bored housewife in Sweden who is liberated (sexually and otherwise) by her relationship with a group of gregarious Yugoslavs. Based on a true story. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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9 October 1981 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Montenegro - Or Pigs and Pearls  »

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SEK 1,950,055 (Sweden)
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On its original USA release, this film was cut by seconds to avoid receiving an "X" rating from the MPAA. This "R"-rated version was also soon seen on home video and premium cable in that country, but in more recent years the uncensored original has turned up on both as "unrated." See more »

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Marilyn Jordan: They'll never believe this at the Women's Club.
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The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
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Performed by Marianne Faithfull
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A delightful study into the disintegrating psychology of a bored and frustrated housewife…

It is funny, very erotic, passionate, and riddled with jabs into society's snobbish attitude toward sexual fulfillment…

A very wealthy American woman is married to a dull Swedish businessman… When the husband is about to leave for Brazil, she decides to go along with him, but is held up in customs and misses the plane… Trying to get back home, she is caught up in the life-style of a group of vibrant Yugoslavian immigrants living in Sweden… She falls in love with the peculiar manners of the group and decides to stay for a couple of days, ending up in a romantic affair with one of the workers, singing in a topless bar, and having a lot of fun…

In contrast to Makavejev's other noteworthy films, "WR—Mysteries of the Organism" and "Sweet Movie," "Montenegro" is light and uncomplicated... It's a simple story simply told… The message is the same—sexual repression leads to insanity, but sensual indulgence livens the spirit…

"Montenegro" does not exploit its eroticism; it lets it grow out of the situation, out of the characters… When Susan Anspach is seen taking a shower, it is photographed in a very beautiful, soft manner... When a couple is making love, the camera pans up their reeling bodies only long enough to establish their lovemaking, then moves on…


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