Tomás (Ondrej Sokol) and Jana's (Lenka Vlasáková) adventure in love begins in Prague just after the creation of the First Czechoslovak Republic. Their impulsive 'escape to Budín' means not only a chance for the unhappy Jana to get away from her psychologically unstable mother, but also the beginning of a troubled marriage. The couple set up house on a farm in Slovakia owned by Tomás's vital and unconventional father, Stefan (Bolek Polívka). But soon after the marriage Jana begins to realize how hedonistic and internally barren Tomás actually is. At the same time she finds herself drawing closer to Stefan. Written by
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AAn insightful look at people trying to rebuild their lives and relationships in post WW1 central Europe.
An intriguing film set in in the early 1920s. It explores the trials and tribulations of two families who live in Prague and Budapest, after the first world war.
The son of a once grand Hungarian family meets the daughter of a Czech family and their passionate relationship sours as they deal with the hardships of the time, and the tensions and resentments between the various ethnic groups- Czechs, Slovaks; Hungarians.
Very convincing performances, more like a documentary at times.
After enduring considerable disappointment and sadness in her new life, the Czech girl finds some peace and hope for the future with her father-in-law. Their friendship/relationship is never fully explained but is developed in a very tender and sympathetic manner by the director - Miloslav Luther. The sub-titles are a bit dodgy at times but overall a very rewarding experience, you really want to know what happens to these people.
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