Bájecná léta pod psa (1997)
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I'd like to say there's a strong political message here, but I can't. What I did come away with is that life goes on, no matter what's going on around you. There's no grand historical perspective here. Just the history of this one odd little family told in an almost lyrical way.
Each character is a well painted portrait but not necessarily an expected one. Yet I warmed to each character quickly.
The storytelling is top notch, the acting mostly so, and the overall effect is both charming and entertaining.
I was pleasantly surprised by this fine little movie and I recommend it without reservation.
It was hard to find the DVD, but I eventually found it on Amazon, advertised as having English subtitles. Unfortunately only the dialogue is subtitled, not the witty and interesting voice-over, so much of the film's charm is lost.