Three generations of woman living in the same household, trying to get along with their different priorities of life.

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Slávka Halcáková ...
Alica
Zita Kabátová ...
Eliska
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Marta
Milan Mikulcík ...
Juraj
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Jozef
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Honza
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Viktor
Juraj Nvota ...
Clerk
Sona Ferancová ...
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Stefan Bucko ...
Jozef (voice)
Ján Króner ...
Viktor (voice)
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A tragicomedy about three women living in their old house in the middle of the garden. The episodes of their everyday life are typical of arguments and quarrels as well as of compassion and understanding. The film presents issues of human relations, family and generation gap. Written by Michael

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17 July 1997 (Slovakia)  »

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Blue Heaven  »

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Life of a woman explained
12 May 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I believe this film is trying to present all the phases of the life of a woman. In the movie the phases are represented by three women of different age. The elderly lady spends most of her time with her memories. The active part of life is already behind and now she is only trying to enjoy the nostalgia and help the young to cope with their problems. She understands that the end of her life is getting close and wants to ignore even the truth, if it is to make her unhappy. There is just no reason to worry. The old lady represents the phase of accepting life as it is.

Her daughter is 50 years old and trying to take care of the everyday life. Responsebilities are a burden for her, but she is not yet ready to let go. She represents the disappointment, some kind of a mid-life crisis, in which one looks back and sees the mistakes, not yet quite understanding that it's too late to fix them. Therefore she has the bad habit of trying to guide her daughter's life instead of her own.

The youngest of the women is in her twenties. She is in a phase in which everything seems possible and moral regulations are not of great interest. Looking at her mother, she doesn't want to worry yet. Instead, she finds comfort in her grandmother's nostalgia.

In their own ways these three women living together also meet the men in their lives. The oldest admires them, the middle-aged is suspicious and the youngest just wants some adventure. The men are really seen from the female point of view, and it is hard to find a positive male character from the film.

Behind all this there is pregnancy. The line of women is to be continued, and this ultimate purpose of female life is shown us with some funny symbolic scenes. (The girl eating the small fish in a glass, the ubiquitous white stork.) Everything the women does not serve this purpose, the continuation of life, and these false steps are also shown us on symbolic level. (The white stork putting of the light, the egg in the snowstorm.) Altogether. Nice and somewhat naturalistic. Beautiful even, but I can understand if not everybody likes this idea of the purpose of the female life so strongly represented in this movie. This socio-biologist view seems a bit vulgar sometimes. And in the end, the film really has nothing much to say. On the other hand, it is quite funny in a warm-hearted way, even touching at some points. So I give it 7/10 not because it has an interesting message but because it is good work altogether.


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