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Zdenek Sverák (story)
Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)
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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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A simple yet mesmerizing Czech film about joys of life. See more (10 total) »


  (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)
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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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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A simple yet mesmerizing Czech film about joys of life., 2 December 2009
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

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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