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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 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: Before I was born did you sometimes take me out of your tummy and put me back in again?
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Disturbing on SO Many Levels
26 January 2002 | by (Minnesota, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie was very, very disturbing. I can't help but noting that I would never voluntarily see this movie again, and even that I wish I hadn't seen it the first time.

On the other hand, I am forced to admit that it was a very good movie. The fertility imagery was a little TOO heavy-handed for my liking; I felt like shrieking "OKAY, I GET IT ALREADY!!!" about twenty minutes into the movie. But I suppose it all related to the theme, so it was okay.

The Otik-creature is also very disturbing, but the food scenes are probably the worst. I remember the food from my stay in St. Petersburg, and this movie was fairly accurate. Don't see it if you've recently eaten, or plan to eat at any time in the future. Ugh!

I think the movie would be classified as a dark comedy if it were American. As such it was extremely funny; the dialogue is quite witty and the acting is good. But the whole thing was just... disturbing.

Beware of violence; there are a few very bloody, graphic scenes. The nudity is nonsexual, so it's really not a problem even for prudish Americans like me.


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