Die Perle Der Karibik (1981)

Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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A book salesman (Diethard Wendtland) at a financial point of relative security moves into a new and modern apartment building and is satisfied with his successes except for one important thing, he does not have a perfect, ideal companion to end his lonely nights at home. Intent on remedying that situation as soon as he can, he is intrigued by the concept of a "mail order" bride after he meets the loving, docile woman married to a friend of his through just that system. So he goes ahead and chooses a bride from the Caribbean (Alisa Saltzman) and then waits for her to arrive and fulfill all his dreams. When she does arrive, however, her dreams are not exactly the same as his. She prefers sleeping out on the balcony, redecorates to her own tropical tastes, and wanders around with a toy monkey. He valiantly takes on the role of Pygmalion but she is no ivory statue and refuses to be molded into his concept of perfection. The battle of the sexes continues as he tries to change her and she resists. One of the problems he may be having, along with Latin American viewers, is that "Beanboat Banani" as she is called is an unfortunate stereotype of what the Euro-centric masses consider to be a Latin woman. If director Manfred Stelzer had offset his bourgeois type with a real Latina, the comic potential would hardly have lessened.

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battle-of-the-sexes, battle-of-wills, salesperson