Two families, Sebkovi and Krausovi, are celebrating christmas, but not everyone is in a good mood. Teenage kids think their fathers are totaly stupid, fathers are sure their children are ... See full summary »
Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik, the "town idiot," sharing his meals and the front seat of their dump truck. But Otik is ... See full summary »
A selfish self-centered widowed ruler, barely tolerated by his subjects and called appropriately enough, 'King Myself, First' asks his three daughters to name the measure of their love for ... See full summary »
Rudolph II, the Holy Roman Emperor, does not have a simple life. And yet he manages to complicate it even more with his frequent outbursts of anger. While he searches for a mythical Golem, ... See full summary »
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »
Robert works for a travel agency and helps to arrange scenes from the everyday lives of "ordinary" Czech families as an attraction for Japanese tourists. He also works as a kind of ... See full summary »
When the famous detective Nick Carter visits Prague, he becomes involved in strange case of a missing dog and even stranger carnivorous plant. He becomes convinced that he is standing ... See full summary »
Two families, Sebkovi and Krausovi, are celebrating christmas, but not everyone is in a good mood. Teenage kids think their fathers are totaly stupid, fathers are sure their children are nothing more than rebels, hating anything they say. Written by
Most of the jokes used in the movie are based on Czech writer Petr Sabach's book "Hovno hori" ("Shit burns"). The book consists of various unconnected stories. See more »
I have read in "100 + 1 foreign interests" magazine such an piquancy that an average woman thinks about sex every 5 minutes and an average person, like man, guy thinks about it every 7 minutes.
So, what is the result?
That I am an average woman.
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The main issue with this movie is the viewer's knowledge of fairly recent Czech(oslovak) history, namely Prague Spring and subsequent Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. Without this knowledge too much gets lost 'in translation' and I do not believe the movie can be fully enjoyed, understood, and felt.
It is a rich, deep, and extremely well-made movie that will make you laugh out loud as well as cry. It switches so easily and smoothly from deeply sad moments to moments of pure comedy without going over the board and without that Hollywood trademarked kitch-drama. To me, personally, as well as many of my acquaintances, watching this movie is pure joy.
Another one of Pelisky's many 'plusses' is the amazing soundtrack that consists of great Czech music from around the time period that it is trying to depict. Also, performance of all the actors is just about as good as it gets, especially the actors who play father Kraus (Kodet) and his daughter Jindriska, are simply outstanding.
Final advice: First, read up about Prague Spring and Russian invasion, as well as about Czech Christmas traditions and get a Czech friend to watch Pelisky with you and you will definitely not waste your time - it might turn into a completely amazing cultural experience inside your living room. Also, watch it more than one time - there's always something new you'll find - a new joke to laugh at, etc.
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