Balkanisateur

Sotiris Goritsas directed this 1996 Greek film about two bumblers who plan to get rich by using their drachmas to buy Bulgarian currency and then exchanging it for dollars in Switzerland. Their theory of economics resembles a pyramid scheme in which “we all make out” except for “the last one down the line, who's in deep shit.” Though nothing special stylistically, the film is often amusing, a picaresque narrative of two not completely ignoble fools as they encounter various locals, particularly women. When they arrive in perfectly manicured Switzerland, where their bedraggled figures seem distinctly out of place, their outsider status wins our sympathy—and that of some Swiss. 97 min.

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