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Orbis Pictus (1997)

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In Slovakia, the sixteen year-old Terezka is discharged from her school with a letter to her mother. Along her surrealistic journey to find her mother, Terezka entwines reality and fantasy ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Dorota Nvotová ...
Terezka (as Dorotka Nvotová)
Emília Vásáryová ...
Frantisek Kovár ...
Marián Labuda ...
Bozidara Turzonovová ...
Július Satinský ...
Marián Zednikovic ...
Anton Sulik ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pavol Bezelman
Petra Bosánská
Gabriela Bírová
Mojmír Caban ...
Stano Danciak ...
(as Stanislav Danciak)
Pávol Durák
Marián Filadelfi


In Slovakia, the sixteen year-old Terezka is discharged from her school with a letter to her mother. Along her surrealistic journey to find her mother, Terezka entwines reality and fantasy and meets a man that is hired to burn clothes; a woman buried on the ground; a young bride that is marrying the forty and something year-old widow of his brother to support her family as a tradition in their village; her younger brother that is intern in a special school; a decadent TV comedian and his wife; a powerful mobster in the kitchen of a restaurant; one lover of her mother in her former address; and finally her promiscuous mother that advises her to travel through the world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Ilusões de Órbita  »

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A journey at the cross-roads of the "real" world and the real one that's in your head.
4 February 1999 | by (Montréal, Québec) – See all my reviews

This is really one of my favourite movies. The film follows Teresa in her quest to find her mother. Doesn't sound particularly original, but the film is really great in that it takes place both within the "real world" and within Teresa's view of the world. I think to really enjoy this movie, you have to be the kind of person who doesn't feel the need to classify everything that happens as being "real" or "fantasy". Everything and everybody in this movie feels "real", even those things that couldn't really exist in the world we take for granted. In a sense, the director and the writer have managed to allow us to see things as they really are, not just as we see them or are used to seeing them. Teresa doesn't question the reality of the people and situations she encounters on her journey, and I never felt the need to either. There's an innocence in this movie that's really refreshing. I was smiling all through the movie, and I had this really good feeling about the world that lasted about a week after I saw it, where every once in a while I'd think about the movie and feel really nice inside. That's not something that happens to me very often, and I always have a special feeling for movies or books that manage to reach me in that way. I don't know how you reached this page, but if you haven't seen it, find some way to see it, call your Congressman, whatever...It's really worth it!

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