Empties (2007)
"Vratné lahve" (original title)

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A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society.



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Credited cast:
Zdenek Sverák ...
Josef Tkaloun
Daniela Kolárová ...
Pavel Landovský ...
Deputy headmaster Landa
Jan Budar ...
Nela Boudová ...
Teacher Ptácková (as Nella Boudová)
Miroslav Táborský ...
Vera Tichánková ...
Robin Soudek ...
Martin Pechlát ...
Bozidara Turzonovová ...
Jan Vlasák ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jitka Asterová


A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society.

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A comedy about the fullness of life.


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Release Date:

8 March 2007 (Czech Republic)  »

Also Known As:

Povratne boce  »

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Did You Know?


Zdenek Sverák and Daniela Kolárová also played husband and wife in Secluded, Near Woods (1976). See more »


Eliska is supposed to be a professional teacher of German, yet in the German sentences she speaks in the course of the movie, her German has a heavy Czech accent, much worse than that of her supposed student. And, when Eliska is asked to translate the sentence, "I work for the city administration," her German translation makes no grammatic sense ("an der Stadtamt"). See more »


Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 21 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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New but i've seen this many times already
23 July 2007 | by (Slovakia) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, this title is good, but not excellent. I've seen many Czech films, and this is just another one with just a little change in motive. It doesn't make you think when you step up from cinema, it just makes you realize, what is happening in our world. The script is fine, but not innovative. There is no mystery and therefor no excitement at the end of the movie. Open ending that doesn't make you think is not a good ending in my opinion. Not an excellent directing is shown in this title, it just follows the script and doesn't adds artistic feeling into it. In motive i find very similar "Stesti", "Samotari". This movies are also about life and when you see them you just realize that this something similar and not new. Even though my score is low, this movie is not a waste of time. Especially if you are not a Slovakian or Czech. Go and see this movie for your self. If you are not very demanding spectator you will probably like this movie very much.

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