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Václav (2007)

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Feature film based on a true story that took place during Vaclav Havel's vast amnesty in early 90s.

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Václav
Emília Vásáryová ...
Mother
Jan Budar ...
Frantisek
Sona Norisová ...
Lída
Jirí Lábus ...
Mayor
Petra Spalková ...
Majka
Martin Pechlát ...
Father
Martina Delisová ...
Young Mother
Jan Vlasák ...
Pilecký
Zuzana Krónerová ...
Innkeeper
Gregor Bauer ...
Little Václav
Hynek Becka ...
Little Frantisek
Miroslav Moravec ...
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Jan Stastný ...
(voice)
Oldrich Hajlich
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Vaclav, the village loser, in his 40's bordering on autism, lives with his widowed mother on the outskirts of the village. He is seen by villagers as the local fool, nothing but a constant pain for them, but there is a skeleton in the village closet concerning his father's death. He gets no mercy from his brother Frantisek either. The two forever compete for the attention of their mother, and now even for Frantisek's mistress Lida. The tension between Vaclav, his brother and the village escalates into a criminal act. Though no serious harm is done, Vaclav gets no protection this time and is put into prison. For the first time without his mother's shelter he faces the real world and becomes a target of fellow prisoners. Haunted by the traumatic memories of his dad, he is dying slowly. Mother decides to ask for a presidential pardon from Vaclav Havel, but it will only have a chance if she submits a letter of support signed by all the villagers. Will the village face their conscience and... Written by eliska fuchsova

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A drama about two brothers and their mother and lover.

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Comedy | Drama

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Well-crafted film
16 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. With several films yet for me to see at this years festival among those I have seen so far this will be one of my festival favorites. This is set in the late 1990's in the Czech Republic and is the story of an eccentric and mildly retarded man named Vaclav (Ivan Trojan) with attention disorder and several other emotional problems who is nicknamed "Inajiffy" by the villagers because it is is favorite saying. He lives with his widowed mother (Emilia Vasaryova) and is the constant cause of trouble for her and his brother Frantisek (Jan Budar). His brother wants him committed to an institution as does many of the villagers. One villager who is kind to Vaclav and is Lida (Sona Norisova) who Vaclav has a crush on. This is a complex story with a lot going on and a lot to think about with a great cast and screenplay.Wrtiter/director Jiri Vejdelek has done a superb job here and was at my screening for an audience Q&A along with actor Jan Budar who doubled as a translator for Vejdelek who doesn't speak English. Beautifully photographed by Jakob Simunek and based on a true story covering the Czech political atmosphere of the late 1970's and late 1990's. Trojan is fabulous as Vaclav in this comedy-drama and has the facial and body language expressions that remind me of Chico or Harpo Marx. A well-crafted film that expertly weaves drama with comedic moments. I would give this a 9.0 and recommend it.


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