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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 ...
Jirí Machácek ...
Deputy headmaster Landa
Jan Budar ...
Nella Boudová ...
Teacher Ptácková
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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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 28 June 2013 (2013) See more »

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A nice movie for middle-age couples
4 October 2012 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

The ideal viewers for this film are middle-aged couples. There is a good chance these couples will identify with the couple's story.

Joseph Tkaloun is a literature professor who teaches in a secondary school. He likes literature but has no more patience to deal with annoying and insolent teenagers. He is a dreamer and would like to work on activities that would connect him with real people. He retires from his teaching activities and tries several small jobs as a delivery boy, grocery clerk, etc.

Tkalounová, married for over 30 years with Joseph, teaches languages​​, is not a dreamer like her husband, and seems quite resigned to her little life between her household which includes also her daughter, recently separated from her respective husband, and her grandson.

The love life of Joseph and Tkalounová is stranded. Joseph has some recurring erotic fantasies which increase his interest in females, but he doesn't succeed to transmit his enthusiasm to his wife.

The daily routine of the couple goes on, punctuated by discussions at home, small jealousies from both sides, an unsuccessful attempt of infidelity from the part of Joseph, the emergence of an admirer of Tkalounová, a boyfriend that Joseph arrange for the daughter of the couple, etc.

Finally a happy end closes this trivial and "tanned" love story of this middle-age couple with surprise balloon ride.

A very nice movie that is really worth to be seen by viewers of middle age. I insist on the adjective middle-age because I think that young people will not understand the essential.

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