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Montenegro (1981)

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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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Dusan Makavejev
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Cast

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

Marilyn Jordan, an American, lives in Stockholm with her Swedish husband and family. Her behavior is bizarre, perhaps mad: she poisons the dog's milk and advises the dog not to drink it; she sets the sheets afire as her husband sleeps; she crawls under the dining table to sing. While detained at airport customs for carrying pruning shears, she meets a young Yugoslav woman and goes with her to a Gypsy enclave where she's fought over, takes a lover, helps with the sordid entertainment at a bar, and returns home more dangerous than before. The film also tells parallel stories of Marilyn's daughter becoming a junior homemaker as the young immigrant practices her striptease. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Or Pigs and Pearls See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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Country:

Sweden | UK

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Montenegro - Or Pigs and Pearls See more »

Filming Locations:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Alex Rossignol: It's a Gucci shoe. Any cow with money can buy a Gucci shoe... but this one belongs to the real lady, who has Gucci foot! There is some difference.
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"I Do, I Do, I Do'
Written by Benny Andersson (uncredited), Stig Anderson (uncredited) and Björn Ulvaeus (uncredited)
Performed by ABBA
Courtesy of Polar Music International
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Montenegro Black Humor At Its Best
26 August 2010 | by blandiefamSee all my reviews

The movie is rather captivating in the way it teases you with the sexiness of the main character. From the airport search to the way she is approached by the young girl. i got a feeling of Cabaret during some of the dance scenes. The rawness of the sexual encounters seemed to exemplify the statement the officer at the airport said, "There is plenty of food in this country". It made me feel as if I was an immigrant dealing with the restraints of a modern country. The sex scenes were tasteful for an early 80's film and the lure of the folk like style of the people displayed the fact that she was less naive then they were. The last part seemed like a joke that sealed the blackness of the film. It seemed unnecessary but the statement rang through. How all of the decadence of her real life was totally repulsive to the viewer and the lead. I watched it with my wife and found the tension of what they would do to the lead character as she went deeper into their world almost unbearable. Little did I know it was the opposite.Great movie that holds up well through time.


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