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Greedy Guts (2000)
"Otesánek" (original title)

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When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronika Zilková ...
Bozena
Jan Hartl ...
Karel
Jaroslava Kretschmerová ...
Alzbetka's Mother
Pavel Nový ...
Alzbetka's Father
Kristina Adamcová ...
Alzbetka
Dagmar Stríbrná ...
Pani spravcova (mrs. caretaker)
Zdenek Kozák ...
Mr. Zlabek
Gustav Vondracek ...
Mladek, the postman
Arnost Goldflam ...
Gynaecologist
Jitka Smutná ...
Bulankova, the social worker
Jirí Lábus ...
Policeman at station
Radek Holub ...
Young postman
Jan Jirán ...
Karel's co-worker
Zdenek Palusga ...
Uniformed policeman
Frantisek Polata ...
Plainclothes policeman
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When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a stump in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than that of a normal child. Written by bob the moo

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$7,335 (USA) (21 December 2001)

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$116,710 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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Originally, Jan Svankmajer wanted to shoot this film in early nineties and considered to cast Woody Allen and Mia Farrow as Karel and Bozena. See more »

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Alzbetka: I can't stand how the pedophile undresses me with his eyes.
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Little Czech Shop of Horrors
13 January 2005 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Amusing, disturbing, consistently entertaining film. "Otesánek" is funny, most of all – part ironic fantasy and part low-key farce, even if there are genuine moments of pathos and horror. It's ultimately a satire in the vein of "Little Shop of Horrors" – more abstract, of course, and with babies and baby fever, rather than the American Dream, as the target of its love/hate approach. The movie appears to have been made very cheaply, but Svankmajer exercises tremendous visual skill, and not just with the sad/funny/horrifying manifestation of Otik himself, but also with more mundane images such as an old pervert putting on his glasses or a hand planting a single cabbage seed. And the visuals are witty as well as beautiful – cinematic food has probably looked more disgusting than it does here, but not much more, and it's a perfect fit with this story about appetite and overeating. In the end, the film is undeniably overlong, and worse, begins to repeat itself by the end – it suffers a bit from the "Little Shop" similarities, too. But overall, it's an extremely watchable film, with good performances by the three principals, and a delightful black comic energy. Highly recommended to oddity fans especially. 8 out of 10.


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