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Buttoners (1997)
"Knoflíkári" (original title)

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Twist of fate and the twists of mind of the characters (mostly couples) combine in just the right twinkled absurd way in the interweaving episodes of this comedy. Each of the characters ... See full summary »



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Guest of Radio 1
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Japanese with Glasses
Motohiro Hosoya ...
Japanese with Beard
Junzo Inokuchi ...
Young Japanese
Svetlana Svobodová ...
Japanese Woman
David Charap ...
1st Pilot
2nd Pilot
Frantisek Cerný ...
Michaela Pavlátová ...
Woman in Taxi
Jan Cechticky ...
Man in Taxi
Pavel Lagner ...
Zuzana Bydzovská ...
Wife of Taxi-driver
Jakub Mejdricky ...
Petr Zelenka ...


Twist of fate and the twists of mind of the characters (mostly couples) combine in just the right twinkled absurd way in the interweaving episodes of this comedy. Each of the characters gets a good shot at being sarcastic and each is a sorry loser at some point yet none is turned into the butt of the joke. The place is Prague and the time is August 6th, 1995, except for one episode, set 50 years earlier in unflyable rain in the city of Kokura, Japan. Written by David Hakim <>

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20 November 1997 (Czech Republic)  »

Also Known As:

The Button-Pinchers  »

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Jirí Menzel and Viktor Preiss turned down the part of Jirí, eventually played by Borivoj Navrátil. See more »


References Closely Watched Trains (1966) See more »


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6 May 2004 | by (Tacoma, WA, USA) – See all my reviews

Nobody does film like the Czechs. While they're most known for the Czech New Wave of the 60's and 70's, a foreign film buff should not ignore their contemporary works. Zelenka's "The Buttoners" will convince you to further explore the dark humor, twisted logic, and tranquil fatalism characteristic of Czech film. While I realize anyone who has dug so deep into Czech films to come across this has probably seen these, I want to take my soapbox moment to recommend the following: Classics - "The Joke," "Closely Watched Trains," "Fireman's Ball," "Diamonds in the Night," "Larks on a String." (Please don't consider this an exclusive list--keep exploring) Contemporary - "Panel Story," "Kolya," (Best Foreign Oscar, 1996), Another one, whose name I can't remember, but it is called the Czech "Reality Bites." Anyway, get into Czech film. Always keep in mind their history over the last century. It definitely matters.

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