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Bájecná léta pod psa (1997)

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The story of an ordinary family living in Czechoslovakia from around 1963 until the Velvet Revolution. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Michal Wiewegh.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ondrej Vetchý ...
Kvido's Father
Libuse Safránková ...
Kvido's mother
Vladimír Javorský ...
Sperk
Jan Zahalka ...
Kvido (boy)
Jakub Wehrenberg ...
Kvido
Klára Botková ...
Jaruska
Jitka Jezková ...
Jaruska
Vladimír Dlouhý ...
Zvara
Vilma Cibulková ...
Sperková
Miriam Kantorková ...
Grandmother Vera
Kveta Fialová ...
Grandmother Líba
Stanislav Zindulka ...
Grandfather Josef
Otakar Brousek ...
Grandfather Jirí
Viktor Preiss ...
Playwriter Holub
Jirí Schmitzer ...
Dr. Liehr
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The story of an ordinary family living in Czechoslovakia from around 1963 until the Velvet Revolution. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Michal Wiewegh.

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3 April 1997 (Czech Republic)  »

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Odd but Delightful!
6 December 2008 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

The story is told using a gentle, almost subtle, form of storytelling, which works amazingly well because, even though the story takes place during the Soviet occupation of Checkoslovakia, not a particularly funny time, it's also warm, humorous, and down right good natured with more than a few laugh out loud moments.

I'd like to say there's a strong political message here, but I can't. What I did come away with is that life goes on, no matter what's going on around you. There's no grand historical perspective here. Just the history of this one odd little family told in an almost lyrical way.

Each character is a well painted portrait but not necessarily an expected one. Yet I warmed to each character quickly.

The storytelling is top notch, the acting mostly so, and the overall effect is both charming and entertaining.

I was pleasantly surprised by this fine little movie and I recommend it without reservation.


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