This simple tale provides an open look at questions of everyday intolerance, love, and family. Marek and Monika Sír (Ivan Trojan and Petra Spalková) leave Prague for the country. Their goal... See full summary »
This simple tale provides an open look at questions of everyday intolerance, love, and family. Marek and Monika Sír (Ivan Trojan and Petra Spalková) leave Prague for the country. Their goal is to find a better environment for their two adopted sons, both Romany by birth, and better air for their own boy, an asthma sufferer. But their dream of an open and natural environment soon vanishes when an elderly neighbor accuses young Frantisek of breaking the windshield of his car. The villagers are not very obliging to the newcomers and living among such intentional ill will, which seems to be heading towards litigation, leads the Sírs to react unthinkingly. Written by
Czech film center
This movie was very well cast; the acting is superlative. We saw the subtitled English version, which was released under the title "Brats". While the three boys may have their behavior problems, it seems that this title is a bit too negative. On the other hand, the boys are brothers, and the word in Czech for brothers is "bratri". So it seems someone was being cute. "Smradi" is translated as "smell" or "stench", a better title, since the entire environment in which the family finds itself stinks. Without this translation, though, the original title is lost on English speaking viewers. Because titles give insight not only into the film, but into the writer's and the director's concept of the film, this mistaken title is very unfortunate.
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