The comedy "Golden Toothbrush" Mate Matišić, premiered on Friday evening at the Zagreb City Theater Komedija, directed by Zoran Mužić, is a wondrous dedication to the rural mentality of Matišić's native Dalmatian hinterland and the chronicle of the recent Croatian history emerged from the destiny of the local small people.
The Dramatic novel of the now-established author, "Flash of the Golden Teeth", was written by 1985. when Matišić, today a prominent playwright and screenwriter, along with a musician and composer, had only 20 years, under the original title "Namigni mu, Bruno". It contains all the elements of the recognizable poetry of a mature author: the specific autoironic humor of his characters, the situation on the edge of absurdity, the mixing of witty and tragic elements, the parody of socially engaged themes.
The action takes place in 70's years of the last century in Matišić's hometown Ričica near Imotski, where we find a pregnant girl Zlatu (Vanda Winter), whose father is Stipe (Damir Loncar), as well as all the men from the village at work in Germany, the concern of her was left to Trusi's mother (Nina Kaić Madić).
When a doctor (Ljubo Zecevic) reveals to her mother that she is the cause of the girl's nausea of pregnancy, she calls her father to return from Germany and "settle" the situation. His return and a happy solution to the problem of the "sinning" girl of her marriage to the "unfortunate perpetrator" of the Holy (Filip Juričić) are the backbones of stories, which however intertwine and intertwine with the destinies of all the other characters that constitute the demographic image of a typical Croatian village.
There are a lot of people here - there are still male men - Gastarbajteri Ante (Davor Svedružić), Mijo (Ronald Žlabur) and Marin (Saša Buneta), their "home" Mara (Nera Stipičević) and Jada (Nada Abrus), fathers (Vinko (Igor Mešin) and the trio starica-commentator of all the events that were embodied by Vanja Ćirić, Jasna Palić Picukarić and Marija Borić, and the acting ensemble was complemented by Goran Malus (Goldsmith's Wizard), Teacher (Igor Mešin) and Janjić Jurjevic.
Part of the action takes place in Germany, where men are in the environment of garrulous social, linguistic and economic isolation, which is further burdened with the political framework within the Yugoslav nationalities.
At home in the village, women play their traditional roles of eternally subordinated carriers of the three corners of the home, which they accept stoicly, while Matišić with his autobiographical script ironizes the prejudices of the Croatian maltese mentality by shaking its characters of the patriotic whims of the oppressed masses.
Though written three decades ago, "Flash of the Golden Teeth" is an extremely interesting piece in which Matišić also challenges the stereotypes of Croatian society today: the traditional attitude towards the prevailing roles of women and men, according to so-called traditions, numerous prejudices of the uneducated.
His protagonists, however, are very complex characters, people of blood and flesh whose behavior is conditioned by the expectations of the environment and the adopted social conventions, which, however, leaves no room for warmth and compassion.
All this creates a complex world that is at the center of the family - in a traditional sense in which the hierarchy of relationships is well known but not without the notion of contemporaryity - around which the socio-political changes that affect it directly or indirectly affect it.
The article also touches on Tito, the communists, questions of religion and nation, and also the gap between generations through the relations of fatherhood. All ends with a scene after the Homeland War and a song that is simultaneously in the village of Imotski krajina and a strong message of faith to a better tomorrow.
Mužic decided to set a piece in an integral form - the performance lasts three hours; while the succession of themes, perspectives and places of action points to the memorable scenery of Darka Baklija, which includes a static frontal scene and a moving backdrop, through which the railway skeleton periodically sequences that sequence sequential events occur.
Atmosphere is contributed by the music signed by Šimun and Mate Matišić, which includes the traditional dances of Dalmatian Zagore.
All together they create a happy folk comedy full of colorful, great characters and humorous recognizable recognizable situations that the premier audience was delighted with and laughed, so the actors and the author team came up with ovations and a strong applause.