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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:
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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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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
It's never too late for a career change, 11 May 2008
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

Vratné lahve (2007), directed by Jan Sverák, written by Zdenek Sverák, was shown in the U.S. with the title "Empties." The title derives from a second "career," undertaken late in life, by the protagonist Josef (Zdenek Sverák). Josef resigns from his position as a teacher and takes a job accepting returned glass bottles at a supermarket. Complications ensue. Josef isn't exactly an ideal worker, but he does establish a rapport with his fellow employees and with some of the customers.

Josef is married, but he and his wife are tired of each other. (Incidentally, his wife is played by Daniela Kolárová, who looks like the Czech Hellen Mirren.) Josef and his wife are both contemplating adultery, although that's not as easy for them as it might sound.

"Empties" is a comedy, but a comedy with a sad and bitter undertone. Everyone is looking for love, romance, and understanding, but mostly they're looking in the wrong places. Still, the film is worth seeing, especially because of the wonderful acting by Zdenek Sverák, who was outstanding in the film "Kolya" ten years ago, and is equally outstanding in "Empties."

Incidentally, the identical names of the actor/writer and director are not coincidental--they are father and son. That must lead to some interesting moments on the set.

We saw this film at the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival. It will work pretty well on a small screen. It's definitely worth seeking out and seeing.

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