Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe


Dusan Makavejev (1981)


A mix up brings a bored Swedish/American housewife (Susan Anspach) to Zanzi-Bar, a lowly dive in a Stockholm suburb, frequented by Yugoslav Gastarbeiters. Here she witnesses the uninhibited sexual mores of South Europeans and falls for the primitive but attractive Montenegro (Svetozar Cvetkovic). From there on, she embarks on ‘a bizarre odyssey of sexual and emotional discovery’. Made by one of the key Yugoslav émigré directors, Dusan Makavejev, this black comedy is not as politically edgy as his other works and focuses mostly on issues of bourgeois reticence and sexual inhibition. It is a film that gives some of the early glimpses into the clandestine life of immigrant communities in Scandinavia.

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