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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 & 10 nominations See more »
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A simple yet mesmerizing Czech film about joys of life. See more (10 total) »


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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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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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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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