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You know, the frogs are squawking so annoyingly in all other places. But here... they just sound like:
[imitates the sound]
u - u - u ...
[changes his voice]
u - u - u - u - u - u -...
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The story line is very simple: a 1970s Czech city family goes to the countryside for a short holiday... Adventures ensue. But this brilliant comedy definitely is one of those films that rely heavily on the viewer's understanding of the wider cultural context - and, of course, on magnificently humorous dialogues and interaction. (If a comparison must be found, I'd say it is much more reminiscent of Tati than of "National Lampoon", for example.)
It is an unforgettably hilarious yet gentle film. But without the help of a very good translator - and preferably at least a basic understanding of the time and space where the action takes place - I fear that much (not all, but much) of its intelligent humour will be lost.
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