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Most (2003)

 -  Short | Drama  -  25 January 2003 (USA)
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A poetic and powerful story of a father forced to choose between love and duty.

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Credited cast:
Vladimír Javorský ...
Father
Linda Rybová ...
Troubled Girl
Ladislav Ondrej ...
Lada (as Láda Ondrej)
Ester Geislerová ...
Ester
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Brad from America
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Pavlinka
John Lavachielli ...
(as John Lavechielli)
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Helena Houdová ...
Soldier's wife
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Most is the story of a single father who takes his eight year-old son to work with him at the railroad drawbridge where he is the bridge tender. A day before, the boy meets a woman boarding a train, a drug abuser. At the bridge, the father goes into the engine room, and tells his son to stay at the edge of the nearby lake. A ship comes, and the bridge is lifted. Though it is supposed to arrive an hour later, the train happens to arrive. The son sees this, and tries to warn his father, who is not able to see this. Just as the oncoming train approaches, his son falls into the drawbridge gear works while attempting to lower the bridge, leaving the father with a horrific choice. The father then lowers the bridge, the gears crushing the boy. The people in the train are completely oblivious to the fact a boy died trying to save them, other than the drug addict woman, who happened to look out her train window. The movie ends, with the man wandering a new city, and meets the woman, no longer ... Written by Wikipedia

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Greatness from an oft-told story
5 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By my unofficial tally, speaking in a theater lobby with many attendees, at The Heartland Film Festival (October, 2003) this short, MOST (The Bridge), was the favorite, and most discussed, among all of its various films. The plot may become familiar as you watch the piece. It's from a story that was once passed along at summer camps, and now circulates the internet. No matter - it has been transformed into both an instantly captivating work of its own, and the best possible presentation of this tale. Intense care was taken in the film's details, from story to cinematography to sound. The latter was clearly edited on the emotion, which plays amazingly. As such, MOST lends itself to scrutiny, if you want to do that. Deeper meanings are there to be plumbed, but, like the best of all such cinema, it also works intuitively. Effort isn't necessary - you can just let it wash over you. In that way it approaches, if not meets, the singular style and quality of WINGS OF DESIRE.

I've allowed a few months pass, just to let it settle with me, and I'm now reasonably sure that MOST can be called a masterpiece. Really - it's that good.


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