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 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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A sultry, erotic comedy [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

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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

Marilyn Jordan: They'll never believe this at the Women's Club.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Sweet Movie (2011) See more »

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Why Did It Have To Be Me
Written by Benny Andersson (uncredited), Stig Anderson (uncredited) and Björn Ulvaeus (uncredited)
Performed by ABBA
Courtesy of Polar Music International
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So weird, so hot
4 March 2012 | by zetesSee all my reviews

From the director of Sweet Movie and The Coca-Cola Kid, this English-language film is very reminiscent of the latter (which was made four years later). It's just a very odd, quirky comedy. It also contains bits of blistering, hilarious eroticism. It's hard to make eroticism humorous. The film's most memorable bit involves an exotic dancer dodging a remote-control tank armed with a dildo. The story involves a wife (Susan Anspach) who tries to catch up with her husband (Erland Josephson, RIP) as he boards a flight. Unfortunately, she packed garden shears, which gets her taken to a small, back room for searching. There she meets up with a Yugoslavian immigrant, with whom she attempts to catch a ride home. They get sidetracked, though, to a settlement of other Yugoslavian immigrants, where her adventure begins. Meanwhile, Josephson returns home, not knowing what happened to his wife. The film is very airy and enjoyable. It doesn't equal out to much at the end. I'd rank it a ways below The Coca-Cola Kid, but it's well worth checking out.


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Country:

Sweden | UK

Language:

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Release Date:

9 October 1981 (Sweden) See more »

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Montenegro See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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