For most moviegoers, a foreign film is a French or Italian comedy - a safe adventure with a different flavour, sort of like going out for a Taco instead of a Hamburger. But really foreign films can do much more. It can offer, for example, a cheap vacation, showing you foreign sights without jeopardising your digestion. It can introduce you to people, subjects and issues you never thought about. It may even talk to you in a foreign language of film, a different means of expression than you've every seen before.
The fun and irony start when a German tourist with a bent for business becomes enamoured of the paper
mache creations of a small boy's family and buys the whole lot.
In short order, Kadu's family, and practically the whole village, are introduced to the industrial revolution; sheds are constructed, and assembly line, sort of, springs up, and Kadu's grandmother (a dignified retired vaudeville actress, and a joy to watch) is named quality control manager. In short order too, the family acquires the rudiments of the electronic age: electricity, a TV set, an electric fan, and the Beatles.