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My Dad, the Socialist Kulak (1987)

Moj ata, socialisticni kulak (original title)
Year 1945. The second World War is over and the soldiers from the sisbanded army are returning home. Yet there is still no sign of Joze Malek. His wife Mimika and their children Tincek and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Polde Bibic ...
Joze Malek - Ata
Milena Zupancic ...
Mimika Malek - Mama
Ivo Ban ...
Urska Hlebec ...
Matjaz Partlic
Ivan Godnic
Anica Kumer
Anton Petje ...
Brane Ivanc
Peter Ternovsek
Vlado Novák
Bine Matoh
Sonja Blaz
Janez Bermez
Milena Muhic


Year 1945. The second World War is over and the soldiers from the sisbanded army are returning home. Yet there is still no sign of Joze Malek. His wife Mimika and their children Tincek and olga know only that he had deserted the German army and gone over to the Soviet Red Army. Mimika works a a hired hand for the farmer, Medved, who givesher bread and milk for her child instead of regular wages. This is not at all to the liking of her relative Vanc. One fine day, father Malek comes home and the family is happilly reunited. Vanc tells Jozeabout the agrarian reform, through which the Maleks even get their own plot of land. In exchange of this, they have to remove all the religious symbols from their home. They stop going to the church, and must shout Tito's and Stalin's praises every day. Joze Malek changes completely. He tills his plot of kand as though obsessed, becomes greedy and begins to emulate the big landowners, calling himself a socialist kulak. Yet suddenly, the fact that ... Written by Princeska

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28 October 1987 (Yugoslavia)  »

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Communist revolution, Church and WW2 through children's eyes.
9 October 2008 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

A tragical comedy. Very worth watching - it's a story about politics and church, leading rural family life after the WW2 in Slovenija, producing comedy, ending in a tragic realization of the ways of the politics, taking down the naive, ignorant and innocent.

The movie is very well at showing the rural life after World War 2 and the Communist Revolution. The State first takes the land owned by the Church and the Kulaks (landlords) away and divides it among the peasant families, allowing them to work on their own for the first time in their lives. Shortly after that, nationalization takes place, resulting in taking the land from the peasants and creating 'state-owned land'.

The main character, Joža, returns to his home village from serving in the WW2 as a Partisan, where he was caught by the Germans from whom he escaped and then joined the Soviet Forces, serving 'Stalin'.

He and his family are later being treated differently by the State, depending on the Diplomatic Status, Yugoslavia-Tito, had with the Soviet Union-Stalin. He is first, treated as a hero and his children are being awarded from the local authorities, but when Tito turned away from Stalin, he is being treated as a traitor.

'Sometimes, it's better to play stupid.' A great Slovenian movie!

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