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Musíme si pomáhat (2000)

In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.

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Josef Cízek
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Marie Cizková
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David Wiener
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Horst Prohaska
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Dr. Albrecht Kepke
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Frantisek Simácek
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Libuse Simácková
Vladimír Marek ...
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Richard Tesarík ...
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Dr. Fischer-Rybáf
Petr Knotek
Helena Neuwirthová
Nelly Kocarjan
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In World War II Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple, Josef and Marie Cizek, can only watch while the Jewish family of their employers, the Wieners, are first removed from their own home to a spare room in their house by the Nazis, then deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp. Years later, young David Wiener, the sole surviving member of that family has managed to escape and make it to the Cizeks. Although fully aware of the extreme danger of harbouring a Jew in the Third Reich, the Cizek's can not permit themselves to leave David to certain death and agree to hide him. However, this decision leads to terrible danger of discovery by the Nazis and especially their friend and Nazi collaborator, Horst Prohazka, who is attracted to Marie. With desperate cleverness and luck, the Cizeks struggle to keep the secret, even when Horst begins to suspect. In doing so, they find themselves making unorthodox choices and learning about the true nature of the people around them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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In a war-torn village, one couple makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another.

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Divided We Fall  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$28,583, 10 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,320,112, 23 December 2001
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Czech Republic's official submission to 73rd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2001. See more »

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Brilliant storytelling, fantastic acting
1 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I consider this to be my favourite movie of all time, and everyone I've shown it to has absolutely loved it.

Director Jan Hřebejk certainly deserves his reputation as a great storyteller. The tale is logically developed right until the end, and I enjoyed the clever subtle moments. The humour and writing in general have a very distinctly Czech flavour: witty and sharp. It makes for a very engaging script.

The casting and acting were also excellent. Each actor had the perfect personality for his/her character. Polívka as the slightly goofy but level-headed Josef; Sisková as his wife who wants only the best for everyone no matter what the risk; and Dusek as the pesky but "not quite bad guy" Horst - great performances which complemented each other well.

My only (slight) gripe would be the use of jerky camera work during the tense moments, but that is most easily overlooked in such an amazing film.

Tears, laughter and a message of hope all in one package. Watch this movie - you really won't regret it, and you may even feel compelled to watch it 5+ times like I have!


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