Strategija svrake (1987)

Run Time - 113 min.  |   Countries - Yugoslavia  |  
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If this is, as it seems, a typical Yugoslavian comedy, the grim events taking place there in the 1990s seem more comprehensible. Grandpa Buda seems like he is one who can take everything in stride, just as it comes to him. When Marshall Tito dies, he invites the neighborhood gypsies into his back yard to listen to the television coverage of the events following that. Then he invites them inside. After a while, he invites them to live in the backyard permanently, which his family thinks is carrying goodwill a bit too far. He takes the accidental deafening of his grandson in stride, learning sign language to compensate for it. He even seems to take the theft (by a magpie) of his cherished gold retirement watch in stride, though he does spend much of his time searching the neighborhood for it. However, when he learns that his grown daughter's illness which he had been raising money for is a fake, he falls into a depression and kills himself. Apparently, this was one bearing-up too many.