This little known (pre new wave) Czech movie starts with a judge looking for a certain file. When he finds it, suddenly a story comes to life: the suicide of law student Lida. We see Lida's troubled love life, having to choose between her fiancée, computer engineer Milan, and her lover, her law professor, Petr (a married man). Meanwhile, the judge appears throughout, judging the characters and their decisions(especially Lida). He is omnipresent and he seems like the embodiment (whether consciously or not by the director) of a ruler in a totalitarian society. The film is in the socialist realist tradition, though its use of a complicated scheme of flashbacks makes it somewhat unconventional. It is a bit dated, though also somewhat daring for its time. Not a great film, but worth seeing if you are interested in the cinema of Eastern Europe.
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