Pasklajevic, one of Europe's most respected filmmakers (and subject of a 2008 MoMA retrospective), fabricated this very dark comedy, his penultimate feature, as a riff on life in post-Milosevic Serbia and a wink to Dr. Pangloss's assertion in Voltaire's Candide that, despite appearances to the contrary, "All's for the best in this best of all possible worlds." In five separate episodes that share a slight narrative connection and a proclivity for the ridiculous, people who experience the very worst keep hoping for the very best. Somehow there is humor to be found in such outrageous expectations.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.

Licensing of MoMA images and videos is handled by Art Resource (North America) and Scala Archives (all other geographic locations). All requests should be addressed directly to those agencies, which supply high-resolution digital image files provided to them directly by the Museum.

Requests for permission to reprint text from MoMA publications should be addressed to text_permissions@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.