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Mandragora (1997)

Two gay teenage runaways thrown out of their repressive homes try to survive on the streets of Prague. Hunger and desperation forces them into a life of prostitution, drugs, and teen-porn.

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Wiktor Grodecki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miroslav Caslavka Miroslav Caslavka ... Marek
David Svec David Svec ... David
Pavel Skrípal Pavel Skrípal ... Honza
Kostas Zerdolaglu Kostas Zerdolaglu ... Krysa
Miroslav Breu Miroslav Breu ... Libor
Jirí Kodes Jirí Kodes ... Father
Karel Polisenský Karel Polisenský ... Sascha
Richard Toth ... George
Jiri Pachman Jiri Pachman ... Pan Franta
Pavel Kocí Pavel Kocí ... Rudy
Jitka Smutná ... Krysa's Wife
Jirí Kaftan Jirí Kaftan
Bretislav Farský Bretislav Farský
Michell Turchetti Michell Turchetti
Tomas Petrak Tomas Petrak
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Two gay teenage runaways thrown out of their repressive homes try to survive on the streets of Prague. Hunger and desperation forces them into a life of prostitution, drugs, and teen-porn.

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He was 15 - an innocent from a small village, soon to be trapped in the erotic underworld of Prague.

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Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

23 October 1997 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Мандрагора See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not a movie to watch anytime you feel like watching a movie.
11 August 2005 | by mywinterhairSee all my reviews

This isn't one of those movies you can pop in your DVD player or VCR anytime of the day and enjoy it. This isn't a movie you rent with your girlfriend to make out too. It's not a movie you would recommend to your friends, and it's not a movie you get a bag of popcorn and sit down with your family and enjoy. This movie will disturb you. This movie will make your stomach feel awful, hours and possibly days after you watch it.

Marek is a troubled teenager who is having trouble at home and at school and he realizes he's much different than they are. His father finds out Marek has stopped going to school and tries to talk some sense into him. Talking turns into yelling and this pushes Marek further and further away and decides to runaway from home, which takes him into the dark underworld and streets of Prague. In Prague, Marek is drugged, raped and forced into a life of hustling for money, where AIDS is always a threat.

It twists and turns down dark roads without a light and by the time the movie ends, you feel a little sick to your stomach. It's a side of life we're not used to seeing, we know it's there, but either we don't care or we realize we can't do anything to help make matters worse. Wiktor Grodecki makes you care. He shoves it right in your face in plain view. You have no choice but to look. Wiktor Grodecki pulls at your heartstrings and breaks your heart over and over throughout the movie.


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