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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.

Director:

Wiktor Grodecki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miroslav Caslavka Miroslav Caslavka ... Marek
David Svec David Svec ... David
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
Tomás Petrák Tomás Petrák ... (as 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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Dark but wonderfully clear
26 March 2008 | by rdugrandboisSee all my reviews

The seedy world of Czech gay prostitution and porn is given an uncompromising pasting in this chilling account of a provincial school boy's experiences when drawn to the big city. Yes, it is completely over the top. Virtually every character he meets is either violent, nasty, selfish or simply insane. A pimp terrorizes his boys like a 20th. century Fagin sending them out to service clients whilst keeping every dollar for himself and beating up any dissenters. A porn film maker expects his models to ejaculate to order in ten seconds whilst directly overlooked by his brood of pre-teenage daughters carrying mugs of coffee. Clients brutalize their boys with savage sadism and unspeakable perversion. These things may happen in isolated incidents but the broad mass of prostitution and porn is not quite as black as the film makes out. It is a cartoon image of filth that shocks the viewer into serious thought and conflicting emotions. It is absolutely brilliant.


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Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

23 October 1997 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Мандрагора See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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