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Born in Absurdistan

The newborn son of an affluent Viennese couple is accidentally switched with the son of Turkish immigrants in this enjoyable 1999 comedy of errors from Austria. The mistake is discovered only after the Turks have been unfairly deported—thanks to the Viennese father's indifference as an immigration lawyer for the government—and when the Austrians arrive in a rural Turkish village in their white Mercedes hoping to rectify the situation, they find themselves in over their heads. Director Houchang Allahyari gently skewers Europe's hypocritical immigration laws and mistreatment of nonwhite aliens, and while the tone is more whimsical than satiric, all four leads give winning performances. 98 min.


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