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 ...
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Jakub's life arrived at a dead-end. He leaves his job, and gets into conflict with his father. The trouble just grows by his relation with a married woman. Breaking out, Jakub realizes the ... 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.
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... See full summary »
Young orphan Max leaves the circus to escape his abusive fosters. Taking a refuge in a desolate castle, he gets acquainted with the most unlikely company: a vampire, a werewolf, the Frankenstein monster - and an extraordinary old lady.
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 »
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 national roots, the power and meaning of tradition and the return to it. The mosaic of the bricklaying Pichanda family's lives is made of love, hope, hard work, human understanding and also the tragedies of economic crisis, war and human malice. Dreams, symbols, and life in all its forms create a colored rainbow spanning from birth to death and from mystery to reality and back.Written by
I saw this film 20 years ago and it won't fade in my memory. . The scenography is colorful and very culturally bound to the eastern middle europe where you get to share the lives of a big family's men, women and children where magic plays a supporting role in the same way as in Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander" ,i.e. not too much to make the surrealism unbelievable. The films fantastic flowery bouquet is also reminiscent of Michalkows "Oci crni""Black Eyes" or "Cinema Paradiso" by Tornatore. Sadly it isn't yet available on DVD, and I live in hope that it and as many more of Jakubiskos films as possible will soon be and with subtitles in as many languages as possible.
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