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My Sweet Little Village (1985)

Vesnicko má stredisková (original title)
Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik, the "town idiot," sharing his meals and the front seat of their dump truck. But Otik is ... See full summary »

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Otík
Marián Labuda ...
Pávek Pávek
Rudolf Hrusínský ...
MUDr. Skruzný
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Drápalík (as Rudolf Hrusínský ml.)
Rudolf Hrusínský ...
Honza Kalina (as Rudolf Hrusínský nejml.)
Petr Cepek ...
Josef Turek
Libuse Safránková ...
Jana Turková
Jan Hartl ...
Václav Kaspar
Miloslav Stibich ...
Kalina
Oldrich Vlach ...
Jaromír
Stanislav Aubrecht ...
Jarda Pávek (as St. Aubrecht)
Zdenek Sverák ...
Ryba
Magda Sebestová ...
Vera
Július Satinský ...
Stefan
Josef Somr ...
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Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik, the "town idiot," sharing his meals and the front seat of their dump truck. But Otik is such a sweet-natured fool that Pavek, exasperated as he becomes, always relents on his threats to find another partner. This Laurel and Hardy-like pair are at the heart of a comedy which finds humor in an abundance of everyday situations. The town doctor regularly wrecks his car because he's admiring the scenery, a romantic teenager develops a hopeless crush on his sister's schoolteacher, and an adulterous housewife and her boyfriend are just one step ahead of her suspicious, hot-headed husband. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Václav Vydra was considered for the part of Otík, eventually played by János Bán. See more »

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Subtle and affectionate
15 February 2008 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

The doctor keeps crashing his car, the lorry driver is fed up with his simpleton mate and plots to move him to Prague, the girls no longer wear bras and there's flirting, drunkenness, infidelity, and even the odd punch-up. There are hints of darker bureaucratic inadequacies (this film was made in the final years of the Communist regime), but director Jiří Menzel's loving observations of Czech village life are wryly humorous, and this is principally a gentle and affectionate paean in which nothing much happens except the ebb and flow of village life — the eternal nature of which is hinted at by the circular ending. A subtle joy from start to finish. Czech DVD has moderately reliable English subtitles.


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