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Bolek Polívka ...
Father
Eva Holubová ...
Mother
Tomás Vorel ...
Policeman #3
Anna Marhoulová ...
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Butcher
Barbora Munzarová
Marika Sarah Procházková ...
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Ivana Chýlková
Jaroslav Dusek
Milan Steindler ...
Porter
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Math teacher
Jan Kraus ...
Policeman #1
Petr Ctvrtnícek ...
Policeman #2
Ondrej Trojan ...
Psychiatrist
David Vávra ...
Traffic warden
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A tragicomedy full of slapstick and vignettes, and even an unexpected shootout. A family of villagers moves up in the world - to the county seat. Dad works as a butcher at a meatpacking plant, mom is a checker at a supermarket. The daughter is at odds with her homeroom teacher, while the son - a vegetarian, anarchist, and avid pothead - is apprenticing as a butcher to please his father. The kid's in hot water with both his forewoman and the police. But dad isn't much of an example, letting himself be tempted by the charms of a lovely young butcher. However much mom tries - visiting the beauty parlor, her psychologist, or even the confessional - her husband shows his interest by moving out. Mom plots revenge. And somehow an imp gets mixed up in it all... Written by Anonymous

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Kind of a surreal, European version of American TV's "Married with Children"
13 February 2006 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

This is a clever film - not a conventional comedy/drama, although it tells a fairly ordinary family story. It's mildly absurd and a little over-the-top at times, sometimes even slap-sticky, with a few mystical touches that made little sense to me but added something to the film, I guess. The tone is pretty light most of the time despite the somewhat dreary surroundings. I can almost guarantee you will laugh at least a few times.

There are no subtitles in this Czech-made film because none are needed. There is little dialog but characters don't speak in conventional language - but you completely get what they are saying and the story is very easy to follow. It always adds an extra challenge to telling the story in this universal-language way, but in this case, the filmmaker succeeds brilliantly.


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