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Forgotten Light (1996)

Zapomenuté svetlo (original title)
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Father Holy, a village priest, battles against the state and religious bureaucracies of 1980s Czechoslovakia in his fight to raise money for a new church roof. Permeated by his love for the... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Vicar Holý
... Marjánka
Petr Kavan ... Francek
... Klíma
Antonín Kinský ... Count Kinský
... Vicar Kubista
Richard Metznarowski ... Chapter's Vicar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Krystof Hanzlík ... Doctor
Zita Kabátová ... Tante
Miroslav Knoz ... Archbishop
... Eliska (as Agáta Hanychová)
Michal Prikryl ... STB Officer
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Father Holy, a village priest, battles against the state and religious bureaucracies of 1980s Czechoslovakia in his fight to raise money for a new church roof. Permeated by his love for the villagers, his encounters are marked by his good humor. In his losing battle against Church and State, Holy is ordered to be transferred away from his parish and his allies. The Czech-American, Milena Jelinek, adapted this moving story from the the novel The Forgotten Light, by the 1930s Czech writer/poet and Catholic priest Jakub Deml. (1934) Written by Anonymous

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Forgotten masterpiece of Czech cinematography
21 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Even here in the Czech Republic - movie´s country of origin - this is almost forgotten piece. The story (inspired by the true story) about catholic priest who must find his way through life in uneasy time of communist regime hostile to Catholic church and deal with the reality of his helplessness when a woman he platonicly loves is fighting her already lost battle with deadly disease is really touching and sad atmosphere of a small Czech city in the 80´s is nicely depicted. Main character is superbly played by Bolek Polivka who is known mainly for his comedy roles but who is able to handle dramatic roles as well. For me, this is true hidden gem of the Czech cinematography!


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