"The Marathon Family"
Directed by Slobodan Sijan
Serbia between WWI and WWII, this film
is full of social commentary and black humor. The Topalovic family boasts five generations
of morticians. Mirko Topalovic wants to break with tradition and become a
filmmaker. "Sijan has
chronicled the changing climate of a nation of
petty-bourgeois businesses which are being revolutionized by new technologies; the era of
crematories is on us." "Hilarious, pitch-black Yugoslavian satire...
Sijan's ability to find something funny in the absurdity of evil never falters."
...Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times. "Not since It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad
World have so many soreheads
gone after the same payoff ...this is cacaphonous slapstick, vigorous and ingenious."
..David Chute, L.A. Herald Examiner. With Bogdan Diklic, Danilo Stojkovic,
Pavle Vujisic, Mija Aleksic, Mica Tomic and Jelisaveta Sablic.
Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. 96 minutes.