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90 out of 117 people found the following review useful:
I expected it to be weird..., 27 May 2012

...and it was. I also expected it to be funny, and it was that too. I had not read the book previously and knew nearly nothing about the story, but if you've seen the trailer, that is pretty much adequate preparation for the strangeness you subject yourself to as you watch this movie.

Several scenes are just outright setups for jokes, and if this film was just set em up, knock em down - it would not be worth an 8. What makes this movie better than that is that it is, at it's core - psychotic in the best way possible. You never know if what you are seeing is real or not, and just when you think you couldn't see or handle anything weirder, something hilarious happens to shift gears.

5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Character driven drama about a revolutionary hero who fought against the Czech secret police. But is he what he appears?, 1 June 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I knew nothing about this movie when I went to watch it. I also didn't know anything about the Velvet Revolution or the collapse of Communist Czechoslovakia. Maybe I'm just ignorant. But it is only really nominally about those events. This movie is as much about what it means to be a father, and a hero, and how important the truth is, and whether exposing the truth at all costs is more positive or destructive.

The Doktor is about to be given an award for his service fighting the Communist regime. He's looked at as a hero. He is successful and well respected in the community as both a professional psychiatrist, and as a father and husband. There is a documentary being filmed about his life.

But there are accusations, whispers, rumors that maybe he didn't fight the communists as hard as everyone says. Maybe he was an informant for the secret police. Maybe he gave up information on certain state enemies and benefited both personally and professionally from them. Maybe he isn't a hero after all.

If the accusations are true, will he lose his family, friends, and the respect of everyone? Will he still be a hero, or a villain? Does it change the opinion of those that know and love him? Is the truth even relevant? Or is it best to just go on with life? Is an ugly truth more valuable than a beautiful lie? Can a man be both a saint and a monster?