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Film Review: ‘Three Brothers’

29 July 2015 6:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ever wonder what Czech director Jan Sverak has been up to since “Kolya” (1996), the winner of the best foreign-language film Oscar? Although none of the helmer’s recent work has achieved comparable impact, his films continue to rate highly in the domestic market: His latest, the delightful musical romp “Three Brothers,” was 2014’s Czech box office champ. Boasting upbeat music with rhyming lyrics, this humorous, satisfying pic weaves a trio of classic fairy tales into a connecting story about three brothers seeking adventure and life lessons. The result could work some magic as mainstream international fest fare.

Released the same year as the Rob Marshall-helmed adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” “Three Brothers” is also a fairy-tale mash-up that springs from theatrical antecedents: It’s based on a series of mini-operas penned by Zdenek Sverak (the helmer’s father and screenwriter-star of “Kolya”) and composer Jaroslav Uhlir, »

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