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Down-and-out musician Robert (David Thornton) hires a mover to help him as he’s being evicted, and the young man makes him an aberrant offer: He’ll give him the money he so badly needs if Robert will go to Serbia to marry his girlfriend, Ivana (Jelena Mrdja), in order to bring her back to the United States. But hardworking immigrant Branko (Branislav Trifunovic) soon encounters troubles of his own and is unable to pay Robert his fee. Stuck in Belgrade, the chronically depressed Robert begins to open up to Branko’s mother (the lovely and morose Mirjana Karanovic), who has offered him a place to stay without knowing about the marriage. Cyndi Lauper, who recorded a song for the film, has a bit part for which she spends most of her screen time preening in front of a mirror. Director Darko Lungulov shows scenes in both New York and Belgrade in a dirty gray palette—sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which. As for Robert—he ends up bringing back something far more valuable than the girl.