A bittersweet comedy set just prior to 1984, during the era of 'practical socialism'. For political reasons, Bedrich Mára (Bolek Polívka) has had to give up teaching at Prague's Academy of ...
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The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is ... See full summary »
Three middle-aged men go for a vacation with their children and learn to cope with their needs without their wives. Quickly, they plan to exhaust the kids to have some time off, but nothing really works out as planned.
Saxana has the enthusiasm, but lacks the right talent to become a witch. So she's kept in for 300 years - nothing unusual for a sorceress' school. Being bored, she skims through the ... See full summary »
A bittersweet comedy set just prior to 1984, during the era of 'practical socialism'. For political reasons, Bedrich Mára (Bolek Polívka) has had to give up teaching at Prague's Academy of Art. He is not allowed to exhibit and has been pushed to the sidelines of interest and lucrative commissions. He and his ceramicist wife (Eva Holubová) and two sons live in a small apartment on the outskirts of Prague. Míla Brecka (Jaroslav Dusek), the school principal, and his family stand in stark contrast to the Máras. Comrade Míla and his ambitious wife (Vilma Cibulková), Bedrich's fellow student from the Academy, have gone with the socialist flow for years. They find justification for their behavior in the usual words: 'Someones got to swim along with them to make things better; someones got to make that sacrifice!' Written by
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I guess crocuta is somehow right in the case it's just another socialism-era film, I must admit I'm sick and tired of the fact Czech production since '89 is all the Iron Curtain and WW2, exceptions are rather rare. But the guy (or girl) is wrong with his (her) measure the film is boring. I understand you were bored if you're not former-east-blocker, you can't even recognize not to say feature all the jokes since you don't know the real-socialism reality. Couple of scenes are artificial and some clumsy even awkward, but scenes like the one, where the two couples discuss their situation after one certain Voice of America broadcast, made me almost die of laughter. I wouldn't recommend this film to those from west, this film is about (a) communism in Czech conditions, (b)featuring Czech humor and point of view (both is rather specific). People outside this area may reach some degree of understanding, depending on their wit and emphasis(and history-knowledge niveau), but they'll never have the complete frame of it.
It's nonsense to mark this film either good or bad. This one was made to succeed at home and to pick a pack of prizes over the old continent(I can't instantly recall if it did or not, does it matter?), America's tour is academic, this one's a local business.
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