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Review: Hostage, A Youthful, Nostalgic Take On Growing Up Slovak

13 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Recent Czech cinema has been gaining a reputation when it comes to revisiting history. Hefty award festooned mini-series-cum feature film The Burning Bush directed by renowned filmmaker Agnieszka Holland and Andrea Sedláčková´s sports drama Fair Play shaped moral heroes against an oppressive communist backdrop, elevating them on a pedestal to times not yet forsaken. As that goes Czech filmmakers don´t always paint life under dictatorship in such grey colours as Jiří Vejdělek proved in his maudlin yearning for adolescence in Tender Waves. Slovak director (and actor) Juraj Nvota adds his two cents with Hostage, which nods towards Vejdělek´s venture. Nvota has already laid a critical eye on communist times in two films: his thriller The Confidant (set in 68´ Czechoslovakia), and the domestic drama Music,...

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