It is the spring 1945 and the front line is getting closer to the small Moravian village of Nesovice. Twelve-year old Oldrich Vareka, nicknamed Shorty for his tiny stature, observes the ...
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It is the spring 1945 and the front line is getting closer to the small Moravian village of Nesovice. Twelve-year old Oldrich Vareka, nicknamed Shorty for his tiny stature, observes the events around him, recalls his memories and also finds comfort in his fantasy. Although he is an only son, his father treats him harshly and brutally punishes his every trifle. Maybe he wreaks his vengeance on him for his own unsuccessful effort to compete with the richest farmers in the village. The boys from the wealthy farms poke fun at Shorty and he takes his revenge on them in petty malice. Written by
A tale of a young boy wandering a landscape torn by war, At' zije Republika (Long Live the Republic) is a heartrending film highlighted by its fantastic editing- we see the boy's life as a jumble of images past, present and imagined. As we see the timeline of scenes come into focus the film becomes one you'll never forget. Outstanding black-and-white cinematography by Jaromir Sofr (Larks on a String, Report on The Party and The Guests). I hope to see more films by this wonderful director Karel Kachyna!
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