In a Nazi concentration camp, an escapee awaiting execution is spared when the commandant, a former prize-fighter, discovers the prisoner has amateur boxing ability. Ordered to train, he gradually sharpens his skills.
A historic mega-film, one family saga, three generations (1887 -1917) assimilated to the bee community in the hive. The queen bee serves as a big mother that symbolizes the family and ... See full summary »
A grim portrayal of the shift from Paganism to Christianity in medieval Czechoslovakia - as a young virgin promised to God is kidnapped and raped by a marauder who her religious father seeks to kill in return.
Johanka (Milka Zimkova) had a fling with a well digger (Peter Vons) she had not met before and who, she was most likely certain, would never be around again. Just before his departure, they... See full summary »
Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father. He brings her a basketful of flowers which she starts to throw in the air... See full summary »
Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik, the "town idiot," sharing his meals and the front seat of their dump truck. But Otik is ... See full summary »
Pictures of the Old World is an unquestioned masterpiece of European documentary cinema, with existential radicalism that offers a contrast to the shallowness of hundreds of other ... See full synopsis »
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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