Marianne Faithful's 'Ballad of Lucy Jordan' sets the tone for this wonderful satire by Makavejev. Susan Anspach is perfectly cast as a woman lost in the mundane existence of housewife and mother aching for an experience. When fate throws her in the company of a ragtag group of Slavs running a bar called Zanzibar she is able to transcend her fleeting apathy. A lot less abstract than most of the director's other work.
I didn't like this much.I felt like it was crisscrossing between soap opera and mild blue movie.I liked the presentation of this leafy suburban life as diabolical in a sense,the psychology of the characters was interesting to watch:Makavejev is very good at drawing attention to many conflicting assumptions about the conditions of his characters... but otherwise,not an exceptional one.
Delightfully strange comedy from Dusan Makavejev about a bored American housewife who lets loose with some Yugoslavian immigrants in Sweeden. I don't think I will forget such highlights as the shovel duel scene or the most creative use of a remote control tank and a dildo that has been committed to film thus far! My only gripes are that the first 30 minutes are a little boring and the 80's synth score can be grating.