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Director:
Writers:
Zdenek Sverák (story)
Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 March 2007 (Czech Republic) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A comedy about the fullness of life.
Plot:
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 »
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Awards:
8 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Jan Sverák 
 
Writing credits
Zdenek Sverák (story)

Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)

Produced by
Eric Abraham .... producer
Jan Sverák .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ondrej Soukup 
 
Cinematography by
Vladimír Smutný 
 
Film Editing by
Alois Fisárek 
 
Art Direction by
Jan Vlasák 
 
Costume Design by
Simona Rybáková 
 
Makeup Department
Zdenek Klika .... key hair stylist (2007)
 
Production Management
Bára Adamová .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frantisek Loukota .... second assistant director (as Fanda Loukota)
Katerina Oujezdská .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Katerina Koutská .... second art director
 
Sound Department
Jakub Cech .... sound
Robert Gumala .... boom operator
Pavel Rejholec .... sound
 
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
Ronald Telinger .... video operator (as Ronald Tellinger)
Jan Vagner .... video assist operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helena Rovna .... set costumer
Iveta Trmalova .... costume supervisor
 
Other crew
Petra Zachová .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vratné lahve" - Czech Republic (original title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Czech Republic:U | Finland:K-7 | Germany:o.Al. | Netherlands:6 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)
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Trivia:
Zdenek Sverák and Daniela Kolárová also played husband and wife in Na samote u lesa (1976).See more »
Goofs:
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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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
For a little love, I would go to the edge of the world ..., 14 February 2008
Author: P-frish from Czech Republic

We saw this film when it was first released in Prague, bought the screenplay in Czech, and now own the DVD. This masterpiece from the father-son Sverák team is a gentle low-key story that has appealed here to all ages. It was the most popular movie of the year in terms of theater attendance. The theme is "the search for love" in its very broadest sense, with the sub-theme of the impact of freedom and capitalism on lives in the Czech Republic.

The main character, sixty-five year old Josef Tkaloun, introduces the theme in his classroom of Czech teenagers. In his lesson about a beloved Czech writer, Jaroslav Vrchlicky, he quotes: "For a little love, I would go to the edge of the world bareheaded and barefooted." We follow this theme in his own life and marriage, his daughter's and little grandson's lives, as well as in those of various other characters, young, middle-aged, and elderly, who surround him.

Neither Zdenek Sverák as a writer nor the character of Tkaloun he has written for himself is a judgmental man. Tkaloun's most characteristic response perhaps, is a quiet, "Jo takhle" or "Ah, so that's how it is." Sverák sketches a small world and, within it, gives us a very poignant human story permeated with a feeling of acceptance of all of us in our various weaknesses.

The sub-theme of changes in Czech life since the 1989 revolution may be harder for non-Czech viewers to catch entirely. The local library, for example, has been replaced by a new teeth-whitening business called "Happy Smile." In this one little touch, Czechs will recognize the loss of their public library, the introduction of a strange, expensive, and hitherto unnecessary business, and the current vogue for abandoning Czech for the snobbier, more chic English name.

We also see how the very young, without memories of the "old" days, consider all this as the normal state of affairs, though they realize that their parents or grandparents do not. In a small closely-knit society such as the Czech Republic, relations between generations, whether within the family, at work or school, or in public, have been markedly different in many ways than what one sees in a country such as the U.S. This is now changing with the influx of dubbed television programs, translated popular magazine articles, and advertising. Many youngsters now prefer to go to the mall rather than on the traditional family trip to the countryside, for example. Although most still automatically get up to give their tram or metro seat to an older person, some now ignore this previous mark of well-brought-up behavior.

We should mention, too, that we find the humor delightful. Even on a third viewing we laughed. These performances stand up in the long run.

This movie will definitely be a classic. Thank you Zdenek and Jan Sverák!!!

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