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The Elementary School (1991)
"Obecná skola" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  October 1993 (USA)
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The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Tríska ...
Igor Hnizdo
Zdenek Sverák ...
Fanous Soucek, Eda's father
Libuse Safránková ...
Mrs. Souckova
Rudolf Hrusínský ...
Schoolmaster
Irena Pavlásková ...
Tram driver's wife
Ondrej Vetchý ...
Tram driver
Daniela Kolárová ...
Maxová, teacher
Eva Holubová ...
Cejkova, Tonda's mother
Rudolf Hrusínský ...
Cejka, Tonda's father (as Rudolf Hrusínsky Jr.)
Iva Skudrnova ...
Kveta Fabianova
Miroslava Skudrnová ...
Reza Fabianova
Alice Dvoráková ...
Mrs. Fabianova
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Magician Radzi Tamil aka Josef Mrázek
Bolek Polívka ...
Plíha - Tonda's Neighbor
Zdenek Mucha
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The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is replaced by the militant Igor Hnidzo. He is very strict - but also very just. His weakness is his interest in young women. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Brilliant Czech sweet-bitter comedy!
17 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a must to see, even if you are a first-timer in Czech comedies. No matter how old you are, it will remind you of your childhood as well, you will recognize the little things that maybe happened to you, or you have heard of them in some stories from people from the older generations. Character portrayal, story and direction are in my point indisputable qualities. This film is about the details and interactions; and in the process the viewer can pick up some lessons for himself. After creation of excellently defined characters, the writer's next task is to make the interactions equally good. We have hope, fear, love, fondness, sexuality, brutality, pain, happiness, poverty, enjoyment...

I just wish I could see it for the first time, again!


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