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Zdenek Sverák (story)
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Release Date:
8 March 2007 (Czech Republic) See more »
A comedy about the fullness of life.
A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society. | Add synopsis »
9 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Zdenek Sverák ... Josef Tkaloun

Daniela Kolárová ... Eliska Tkalounová

Pavel Landovský ... Rezác

Tatiana Vilhelmová ... Helenka

Jirí Machácek ... Robert Landa

Jan Budar ... Úlisný

Nela Boudová ... Ptácková (as Nella Boudová)

Miroslav Táborský ... vedoucí Subrt
Vera Tichánková ... Lamková

Jana Plodková ... Cárkovaná
Robin Soudek ... Tomík

Martin Pechlát ... Karel

Bozidara Turzonovová ... Kvardová

Jan Vlasák ... Wasserbauer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jitka Asterová ... Moderátorka v rádiu
Martin Bohadlo
Petr Brukner ... Penzista v parku

Jirí Bábek ... Zlodej
Petr Chajda
Lucie Ciháková
Natálie Drabiscáková ... Postovní dorucovatelka
Lukás Hakr

Miroslav Hanus ... Ptácek
Krystof Hers
Jirí Holna
Marcela Holubcová ... Paní u branky
Jan Hrabeta ... Penzista v parku
Jelena Juklová ... Panicka se psem

Danica Jurcová ... recepní ve studiu Happy Smile
Jirí Kalina

Jan Kaspar ... Penzista v parku
Kristina Kloubková ... Dása
Martin Konrád
Eva Leinweberová
Radim Novák ... Hromada
Borivoj Penc ... Penzista v parku
Lucie Pernetová ... Telefonní operátorka

Filip Renc ... Telefonující muz
Jaroslav Rusnák

Jirí Schmitzer

Ladislav Smoljak
Lubor Splíchal
Tomás Stejskal

Ondrej Vetchý ... Rezác mladsí
Matyás Volek

Pavel Vondruska ... Penzista v parku
Sára Vorísková
Jana Vostárková
David Voverka

Alena Vránová ... reditelka skoly Marie Málková
Jaroslav Weigel ... Penzista v parku
Lenka Zahradnická ... Studentka
Alexander Zoltán

Directed by
Jan Sverák 
Writing credits
Zdenek Sverák (story)

Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)

Produced by
Eric Abraham .... producer
David Rauch .... executive producer
Monika Splíchalová .... executive producer
Jan Sverák .... producer
Original Music by
Ondrej Soukup 
Cinematography by
Vladimír Smutný 
Film Editing by
Alois Fisárek 
Production Design by
Jan Vlasák 
Art Direction by
Jan Vlasák 
Costume Design by
Simona Rybáková 
Makeup Department
Ivana Chlostova .... makeup artist (as Ivana Chlostová)
Zdenek Klika .... key hair stylist (2007)
Ivana Nemcova .... makeup artist
Milan Vlcek .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bára Adamová .... production manager (as Barbora Adamová)
Marta Dudáková .... unit manager
Ludek Valchár .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan G'Vera .... assistant director (as Ivan Gvera)
Frantisek Loukota .... second assistant director (as Fanda Loukota)
Katerina Oujezdská .... first assistant director
Ladislav Stepan .... assistant director
Art Department
Miroslav Karmazin .... props
Katerina Koutská .... second art director
Jan Krcil .... props
Marcel Nána .... property master
Petr Stepán .... graphic designer
Dalibor Tvrznik .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Jakub Cech .... sound
Jan Cernota .... post synchronization
Robert Gumala .... boom operator
Josef Kabele .... boom assistant
Frantisek Provaznik .... post synchronization
Pavel Rejholec .... sound
Jitka Zvirocká .... post synchronization
Special Effects by
Jaroslav Kolman .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Miro Gal .... Flame artist
Robert Pik .... visual effects artist
Petr Vcelicka .... digital compositor
David Vána .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Tomas Arnold .... generator operator (as Tomás Arnold)
Radek Cerny .... lighting technician (as Radek Cerný)
Matej Cibulka .... assistant camera
Radek Faltejsek .... lighting technician
Petr Granilla .... grip
Ramunas Greicius .... second camera operator
Filip Halaska .... steadicam operator
Jirí Hanzl .... still photographer
Bohumil Havlícek .... best boy
Milan Hnízdil .... lighting technician
Josef Kairich .... video operator
Petr Koutný .... key grip
René Michalicka .... lighting technician
Slavek Mikovec .... gaffer
Vratislav Novotný .... loader
Martin Stepánek .... third camera operator
Ronald Telinger .... video operator (as Ronald Tellinger)
Jan Vagner .... video assist operator
Jiri Vesely .... grip (as Jirka Veselý)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helena Rovna .... set costumer
Iveta Trmalova .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Ivo Marak .... post-production technical supervisor
Eva Mathová .... negative cutter
Music Department
Juraj Durovic .... musical director
Jan Jirásek .... orchestrator
Josef Pokluda .... orchestra contractor
Ondrej Soukup .... orchestrator
Leos Svarovsky .... conductor (as Leos Svárovský)
Other crew
David Dalibába .... production staff
Diana Deletová .... production staff
Pavel Dobrovský .... production staff
Viktor Ekrt .... production staff
Sarka Halastova .... production staff (as Sárka Halastová)
Tomás Holecek .... production staff
Pavel Hurt .... production staff
Iva Jestrábová .... production staff
Václav Kauer .... production staff
Marek Klasna .... production staff
Drahomíra Králová .... production staff
Alice Linhartová .... production staff (as Alice Bartosová)
Ivana Lomová .... production staff
Jana Machová .... production staff
Jan Martínek .... production staff
Ondrej Nývlt .... production staff
Petr Ostrouchov .... production staff
Tomás Oujezdský .... production staff
Antonín Pechek .... production staff
Svatka Peschková .... production staff
Jan Ritter .... production staff
Václav Sasek .... script editor
Radka Splíchalová .... production staff
Ivan Vakarac .... production staff (as Ivan Vakarác)
Tomás Volt .... production staff
Petra Zachová .... script supervisor
Tomás Zubek .... production staff

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vratné lahve" - Czech Republic (original title)
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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Czech Republic:U | Finland:K-7 | Germany:0 | Netherlands:6 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Zdenek Sverák and Daniela Kolárová also played husband and wife in Na samote u lesa (1976).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Empties, 19 November 2009
Author: cultfilmfan from Canada

Empties is a film from the Czech Republic in Czech and German and with English subtitles. The film focuses on a man in his 60's who has just left his teaching job and decides he still wants to work, which leads him eventually to a job as a bottle sorter at a grocery store. At this job because he is very sociable he makes friends with a lot of the customers he has to deal with along with the staff there. The film focuses also on his rocky marriage, his troubled daughter and the many people who come in and out of his life from being involved as a bottle sorter. I really appreciated Empties because of the way it examined and tackled some rather big issues such as a marriage falling apart, working to be useful and as a means of socializing and many of the things that go along with aging. All of these are important parts of this story and at times they are dealt with quite seriously, but the film has tons of wonderful humour in it from it's top notch performances, to the writing and just having the characters be themselves. They are funny because they are so realistically human and everything they say, think and do is not unordinary, or to the extreme and I think many people whether they are a young adult, or perhaps middle aged, or older will find things that they can relate to with this film and because of it's warm hearted humour I think the audience will appreciate such things being analyzed much more and will have a good laugh while watching it. This is not a heavy, or overly sad film. It deals with mature issues, but also has a very humorous and sweet side to it, that you can not help feeling sad for too long, but instead feel moments of tenderness and joy watching the characters and seeing them make their life choices, whether they end up being good, or bad, or perhaps just realistic choices. The film because of it's spirited performances and writing, is very entertaining to watch and out of all the films I have seen so far this year, I think this one will be the most crowd pleasing. The audience I watched this film with, laughed often and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. The humour has a very unique European feel to it and it feels fresh as opposed to all the American comedies that have been out as of late. There are moments when Empties made me think, made me laugh and just kept me in pure enjoyment throughout the film's running time. I think that wherever you are in life, or whatever has happened to you, I think everyone will find something in Empties' story and characters and will have a good laugh and talk about it afterwards. A terrifically feel good and thinking person's movie that has a lot to offer it's teenage and adult audience, so if this is playing anywhere near you, or will be on video soon, I recommend you see Empties. An overall great film.

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