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Writers:
Jirí Hubac (story)
Jirí Hubac (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 September 2001 (Czech Republic) See more »
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Tagline:
A comedy for the ages.
Plot:
Terminal prankster Frantisek Hána refuses to grow up and take certain responsibilities, despite his wife Emilie's constant badgering to do so... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
9 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This is a gem - even though it may not seem so immediately See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Vladimír Michálek 
 
Writing credits
Jirí Hubac (story)

Jirí Hubac (screenplay)

Produced by
Jirí Bartoska .... producer
Jaroslav Boucek .... co-executive producer
Jaroslav Boucek .... producer
Jaroslav Kucera .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michal Lorenc 
 
Cinematography by
Martin Strba 
 
Film Editing by
Jirí Brozek 
 
Production Design by
Jirí Sternwald 
 
Costume Design by
Petra Jachimová 
 
Makeup Department
Jana Dolejsi .... makeup artist
Jaroslav Samal .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Radek Auer .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michaela Strnadova .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Radim Hladík Jr. .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lenka Dimitrovova .... assistant camera
Robert Novák .... camera operator
Stanislav Vales .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Tadeusz Karolak .... co-orchestrator
Tadeusz Karolak .... conductor
Michal Lorenc .... co-orchestrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Babí léto" - Czech Republic (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language
Runtime:
100 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Frantisek Hána:[upon visiting a mansion] Very shabby.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
This is a gem - even though it may not seem so immediately, 8 February 2004
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

Up front, if you're tired, the first hour could be slow. The set up of the story has a natural leisurely pace, unhurried - giving us time to appreciate the kind of everyday life and situations the main characters are in. Once you arrived at the climatic segment of the storyline, the turn of events will keep you hooked: how will things turn out, what will happen to our precious Fanda (portrayed to utter quiet perfection by the veteran Czech actor Vlastimil Brodský), how will his wife (wonderfully played by Stella Zázvorková) treat him, what happens to Fanda's dear friend Ed (played by Stanislav Zindulka - a matching sidekick to Brodský), and Jára the son with selfish hidden agenda, blind to the kindness of his parents (sigh!)

Vladimír Michálek sensibly directed the film with sprinkles of humor, preserving the insightful script by Jirí Hubac. Thanks to clear subtitling, I was able to notice for every 'complaining' phrase Fanda's wife utters, there's a hint of 'caringness' showing/buried in between the lines - and so did the judicious lady judge observed. Fanda is '76 going on 80' and the affection of their enduring (endearing) marriage manifests even in their bantering arguments. His playfulness can be infectious.

This is 'Growing Old Together 101' for (at least) the beyond fifties, and lessons learned to sons and daughters not to take parents for granted. One may need to rethink if assuming 'home for the aged' is a means to an end, so to speak. The film is gently shouting to us to live life to the fullest while we can. (Hint: there's joy in staying on and watch the end credits roll.)

We're fortunate to be able to see an occasional Czech film. The Sverák ("Kolya") father & son's 2001 "Dark Blue World" was revealing with pathos. It's good to take it slow now and then and appreciate a foreign gem - its subtitles, scenery, melodic score and an engaging human story with elegant performances. "Autumn Spring" (aka Babí Léto) is available on DVD. Enjoy!

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