Jakub's life arrived at a dead-end. He leaves his job, and gets into conflict with his father. The trouble just grows by his relation with a married woman. Breaking out, Jakub realizes the ... See full summary »
In Slovakia, the sixteen year-old Terezka is discharged from her school with a letter to her mother. Along her surrealistic journey to find her mother, Terezka entwines reality and fantasy ... See full summary »
Oldrich "Fajolo" Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather.
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Gypsy tells the story of Adam, a boy who, after his father dies, tries to cross the boundary of his Roma shantytown and to improve the lives of his brothers and sisters. He encounters ... See full summary »
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Krajinka, aka "Landscape," consists of 10 separate vignettes, or short stories, grafted together chronologically. The time span stretches from pre-WWII Slovenia(?) to the latter half of the 20th century. Although a couple of characters reappear in episodes, the stories are mainly independent of each other.
What unites the stories is a rural spirit of life that is ribald, compassionate, cruel, and above all resilient. The "landscape" shrugs off Fascists (both Hungarian and German), and subsequent Communists. Still, there is a feeling that we are witnessing the end of an era, the gradual demise of a way of life that will never come again. The movie is a eulogy for this dying culture.
The beauty of the film is in its close attention to details--the motorcyclist who wears his jacket backwards to keep out the wind; the nose-wrestling contest; the hapless beggar who hides in the sewage of an outhouse; the clock museum of a beautiful war widow. Caution: towards the end of the film there is a scene of a fox writhing in a steel-jawed trap--perhaps innocent in the context of this country culture, but disturbing nevertheless.
But the movie is basically full of life, love and soul. A fitting eulogy for a dying way of life.
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