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Miroslav Holub
Lubor Tokos
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Karel Vasicek
Ladislav Krivácek
Josef Sulc
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Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'), and the resolution is _worse_ than being carted off to jail... Written by Stephen Simmonds <ssimmond@extro.ucc.su.oz.au>

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Director's first choice for the part of Ludvík was Vladimír Brabec and Jirina Jirásková was supposed to play Anna, his wife. Finally Karel Kachyna casted Radoslav Brzobohatý and Jirina Bohdalová, who were real-life couple at the time. See more »

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another gem hidden behind the Iron Curtain
15 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The acute paranoia of daily life behind the Iron Curtain haunts a petty bureaucrat after he overhears an indiscreet remark at a party and becomes convinced his house is under government surveillance. Not surprisingly, the film spent over two decades in official limbo for daring to paint an unflattering portrait of Big Brother, showing the unseen influence of the State in a society where privilege is bought at the cost of privacy. The story begins where Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Conversation' left off, with the anxious civil servant and his equally suspicious wife trapped in a claustrophobic, dark comic nightmare of hidden microphones, tapped telephones, and invisible prying eyes, all the time wondering why the axe of political expedience is aimed at their innocent necks. The scenario would be absurd if it weren't so unsettling, and succeeds as both a disturbing parable of totalitarian oppression and a perversely entertaining black comedy.


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