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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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 »


References Kolya (1996) See more »

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A simple yet mesmerizing Czech film about joys of life.
2 December 2009 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Can we say that maverick Czech director Jan Sverak has lost his magical art of making wonderful films if his latest offering "Vratné Lahve" were to be considered as an ordinary film ? The answer would be in negative as he has made one of those mischievous films whose message might not instantly dawn on ordinary audiences but allows to appreciate character development which is perfectly in sync with general mood and rhythm of the film."Empties" presents an honest assessment of some very good views of Prague,a city which has changed enormously after the fall of communism and arrival of free market economy.This is not the sole reason for watching this film.One must watch "Empties" in order to understand that a man is young as long as his desire for beautiful young women is intact.In the past,this oft repeated message has been conveyed in numerous films but what makes Jan Sverak film appear as a face in the crowd is that fact that he has chosen to direct his father Zdenek Sverak to direct a film about joys and sorrow of old age of those Czech people who are currently feeling that repressed sexuality of communist times is getting rejuvenated in free market world of capitalism.

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