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The Idiot Returns (1999)

Návrat idiota (original title)
Frantisek, the main character is returning to his family. Until now he's been, "successfully" avoiding all relationships. He is an ingenuous and a pure person and thus, is regarded as an ... See full summary »

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Frantisek
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Anna
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Olga
Jirí Langmajer ...
Emil
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Robert
Zdena Hadrbolcová ...
Mother of Emil and Robert
Jitka Smutná ...
Mother of Anna and Olga
Pavel Marek ...
Mole
Anna Polívková ...
Girl #1
Yvetta Janousková ...
Girl #2
Petra Kolárová ...
Girl #3
Josef Oplt ...
Dance master
Petr Vydra ...
Dance courses assistant
Michal Rausar ...
Schoolboy
Alena Olahová ...
Waitress
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Frantisek, the main character is returning to his family. Until now he's been, "successfully" avoiding all relationships. He is an ingenuous and a pure person and thus, is regarded as an idiot. He becomes involved in various love and family conflicts. It is because he hasn't experienced much of the "real" life that he is able to perceive human relationships in their genuineness. Written by Pavel Smutny

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First impressions of second loves.

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Romance | Comedy | Drama

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25 February 1999 (Czech Republic)  »

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Return of the Idiot  »

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Czech Republic's official submission to 72nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2000. See more »

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References The Firemen's Ball (1967) See more »

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Beautiful, Amusing
18 August 1999 | by (Durham, UK) – See all my reviews

As with Jules et Jim, the film centres around a love triangle, but with the added bonus of fantastic humour (both visual and situational) - and it is impossible not to empathise with Frantisek (the "Idiot"). Well worth watching. Incidentally the actor playing the younger daughter and Frantisek are now together in real life (ahh. :-)


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