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Two Syllables Behind (2005)

O dve slabiky pozadu (original title)
A fresh perspective on contemporary life in Eastern Europe infuses this winning comic drama. Through a mosaic of real and dreamlike situations, we witness art history student Zuza fly off ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Zuzana Sulajová ...
Anna Ferenczy ...
Mikulás Kren ...
Pierre-Philippe Deleau ...
Ivan Romancík ...
Zuza's Father
Lucia Hurajová ...
Richard Stanke ...
Young Director
Matej Landl
Marica Bálintová ...
Hana Gregorová ...
Old Director
Peter Necas ...
Dubbing Director
Martin Hollý ...
Mr. Hollý


A fresh perspective on contemporary life in Eastern Europe infuses this winning comic drama. Through a mosaic of real and dreamlike situations, we witness art history student Zuza fly off course in her effort to obtain as much from life as she can in the shortest possible time. Like most young people, she wants to study, earn big money, find and enjoy the love of her life, and replace her dysfunctional family with something more stable. Her story unfolds in present day Bratislava and Paris. Zuza, however, is not a typical poor student. Besides studying, she earns her living as a dubbing actress. She s independent, financially secure, and popular, but she lacks the permanent relationships, strong family ties and security that might bring a bit of order into her chaotic existence. It seems that only her eccentric grandmother Erzsebet, for whom Zuza cares dearly, can help Zuza settle down and find her true self. Written by Anonymous

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Romance | Drama



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10 February 2005 (Slovakia)  »

Also Known As:

Két szótaggal lemaradva  »

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SKK 10,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Life is fast and sometimes good times change bad times.
20 February 2005 | by (Bratislava, Slovakia) – See all my reviews

Zuza, the main character of this movie, lives a very hectic life. She's young and beautiful. She attracts each man she meets. Zuza is a dubbing actress while she's still studying. On her occasional trip to Paris with her friend who wants her very much, she meets a young French, which she immediately falls in love with. But she has a boyfriend back home in Bratislava (BTW I realized this fact very close to the end of the film). This student, greatly performed by Mikulás Kren, feels ashamed when Zuza pays for him in restaurants and pubs because he hasn't got a lot of money. He mostly concerns to his Chinese studies. Generally Zuza is rather unhappy in her life and sometimes seeks support and advice at her grandmother's, an old lady with Hungarian origin. One of the most surprising things of this film is the end, very unexpected and strange. In this film appears also a great Slovakian director Martin Hollý. In his few scenes he gives Zuza advices how to act and "how to live." When watching this movie I felt a little disturbed by Zuzana Sulajová performance. Especially in the beginning I could not use to her way of acting. She is trying to be too good and she is pretending something that she's not. I loved her much more in her first movie Záhrada (in my my opinion the best Slovakian movie of last 20 years), where she was more natural and actual. Despite this I thing that this film is good and I recommend to watch it, because it's one of the best (and one of few) Slovakian movies done in last couple of years.

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