Hot Paychecks

Hot Paychecks, Z. Zilnik
[Shooting] Hot Paychecks, Z. Zilnik
Yugoslavia, 1987, TV series – 3 episodes: 220 min, Beta video

directed by: Želimir Žilnik
written by: Želimir Žilnik, Ljubomir Bečejski
camera: Ljubomir Bečejski
edited by: Dragan Jovetić, Ivanka Pravica
sound: Ištvan Koletar, Aleksandar Mitrović

cast: Dušan Polovina, Milenko Pavić – Dika, Lidija Stevanović, Branko Crnogorac – Kareli, Vinka Došić, Nikola Došić, Stanojka Čenić, Stevan Čenić, Damjana Černe, Slavica Nenadov, Želimir Nikolić, Irena Šifliš, Pelka Knežević, Vladana Došić, Cvijeta Došić

production: TV Novi Sad

Dika forms a team which goes on a tour with Kareli, a man who eats iron, glass and ceramics. His main partner is Dule, a metal worker who prepares things for Kareli to eat and sells tickets in addition to this. During a show in a Bosnian small town of Milići, the team is introduced to the Došić family. There are seven daughters in this family and their father Nikola tries to find work at least for the eldest daughters, and Dika’s team helps them find cleaning work. The eldest daughter Stana even gets married in Irig village to a tractor driver Stevan. In the three episodes we watch Kareli’s amazing skills, including the accident when a bicycle pedal is stuck in his throat while he eats a bicycle. While Kareli recuperates Dika and Dule engage Lidija and Slavica as entertainment girls. They also find Bora Joksimović, the amateur writer and he gives them his comedy “Cover Your Legs, Girl” and they go on a tour with it. Djosic’s daughters, one after another, go to a city and find work as cleaning ladies in different institutions and companies. Due to constant touring and chaotic life, Dule and Lidija succumb to alcohol and are treated in hospital and decide to live together as recovered alcoholics. However, their harmonious life is ruined when adventure driven man called Nikolić enters their life and Dule kills him because of his jealousy. Dika organises a show in prison and helps Dule to escape dressed up in a special costume.