Juraj, a Slovak artist living in Prague, takes stock in his life, realizing that his days pass without purpose. He lives a carefree life. But now he has to choose between two women, between...
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Juraj, a Slovak artist living in Prague, takes stock in his life, realizing that his days pass without purpose. He lives a carefree life. But now he has to choose between two women, between the city and the country, and between creative work and craftsmanship. He has a passion for art but he also has to make a living. Through his relationships with close people, he grows aware of his position and this knowledge helps him to live a more fulfilling and better life.
An aimless artist looks for direction in his life.
Crucial Years is the debut film of director Juraj Jakubisko, who was voted by his countrymen in 2000 as the best Slovak director of the 20th century. Crucial Years is the story of Juraj, an aimless painter who spends most of his time drinking, womanizing and borrowing money from acquaintances. The movie is pretty much plotless as it follows Juraj as he goofs around with family members and friends. The movie more or less centers around a key day in his life when he meets Jana, a fellow artist, and his brother Andrej, who has been dumped by his wife, drops into town for a visit. The movie seems heavily influenced by Breathless. A lot of it was shot on the street around unsuspecting passerbys and there a lot of scenes where the two lead actors appear to be improvising. It's a diverting movie, if not exactly essential viewing.
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