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Empties (2007)

Vratné lahve (original title)
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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Zdenek Sverák ...
Josef Tkaloun
Daniela Kolárová ...
Eliska Tkalounová
Pavel Landovský ...
Rezác
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Helenka
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Robert Landa
Jan Budar ...
Úlisný
Nela Boudová ...
Ptácková (as Nella Boudová)
Miroslav Táborský ...
vedoucí Subrt
Vera Tichánková ...
Lamková
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Cárkovaná
Robin Soudek ...
Tomík
Martin Pechlát ...
Karel
Bozidara Turzonovová ...
Kvardová
Jan Vlasák ...
Wasserbauer
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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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Zdenek Sverák and Daniela Kolárová also played husband and wife in Secluded, Near Woods (1976). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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The Return Of The Kings
8 March 2007 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

Vratné Lahve (written by Zdenek Sverák, directed by Jan Sverák) Father and son. Ten years ago they made film together, it became tremendously successful and won an Oscar. That was Kolya. After that they tried to tell the story of Czech RAF fighters during WW2, which was not so successful, mainly because of the historical, somewhat pathetic theme. Now they are back. After years and years of rewriting the script, son finally accepted his father's work and made it into film, which may be very well theirs best.

Main character Tkaloun (played by Zdenek Sverák) is an nervous, over-aged basic school teacher living with his slowly resigning wife and struggling to find a new way of life for himself after he leaves his teaching job. When he accepts new work in a supermarket as clerk responsible for storing empty glass bottles, he finds (and shows us) that it is never too late for being kind to other people and for life itself.

This film is very funny and moving - in a best way possible. It is also almost ultimately believable, as every scene and every bit of the dialog is taken from life. Audience in the theater started laughing shortly after the beginning and continued throughout the film till the final credits. Everyone was leaving the screening with a great smile on the face, filled with pleasant thoughts.

I don't know when it will hit the theaters abroad or in rest of Europe. But when it does, be sure not to miss it.

9/10


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