Cash & Marry tells the story of young immigrants--'Yugos'--doing anything they can to pursue their dream in the European Union. The media and analysts convince us that young people "flee" to Western European countries in search of better life, more money and opportunities. Cash & Marry explores this notion without seeking to prove or disprove it. Instead, the film, presents the immigrants, shows their background, asking the questions about their own motivation and ideas while at the same time presenting the procedure and life-changes they go through. It is not a sociological study as much as it is a film about people in a difficult, unordinary and often absurd situation. Through their examples Cash & Marry sheds light on the issue of immigration but with a fresh perspective.
Our protagonists feel they deserve better. Their education and lifestyle isn't much different from those of their peers in the West. Their views on the world are almost identical to views young people in the EU have. These immigrants want a job, a car, a place to live. They want to be able to travel. The people Cash & Marry deals with are not struck by poverty; hunger did not drive them from their homes in search of food or elementary living conditions. They had that at home. They still have it if they return. But they want more and nothing will come between their desires and them; not even borders, Schengen regimes, bureaucracy, immigration laws, language, culture.
The author, Atanas Georgiev, is one of the main characters in the movie, who reflects the Balkan man closed behind bars, looking for a way to break down the wall between self and the world, between the Balkans and Europe, Balkans and the world. The answer how to get to his freedom lies in the European passport. And the passport comes with the European wife. With a harlequin wittiness, lambency and astuteness, the path to his wife is opened by his friend Marko from Sarajevo, who knows very well Vienna and all places where a wife can be found, a wife who can bring Atanas his freedom, and who knows - maybe even love.