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The acting is forced. The directing is visible. The dialog is unnatural. There are awful inaccuracies both in dialog and in general direction. Truly a second grade movie. A nice Sunday morning story for those who haven't lived those times. From the tiny details that the license plates of the official cars had a yellow background and all cars in this movie feature civilian white background to the fact that the press did not use the regular passenger rail car as seen on screen, but a special postal car. A Jumanji in a Communist theme park.
There are also quite a few more issues in the version I have seen (I have read there are more than one cuts). For example in the first story the visit is postponed to find out in the caption that the visit actually took place. It's true that abuse was a common place, yet sweeping the asphalt to receive the visit on a dirt road... that's quite insane even by those standards.
What's worse, while trying to be some sort of "La vita e bella" of communism they take a lame approach dodging some interesting issues. So the story is childish, shallow and at the same time some consider it as some sort of irony. The irony is the fact that some of the people who created this string of stories were themselves the children of the party representatives featured here. I expected a more realist approach from them.
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