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Adelheid (1970)

In the aftermath of World War II, a former Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family. He falls in love with the daughter, who is now a maid, and is forced to ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Viktor Chotovický
... Adelheid Heidenmannová
... Sergeant Hejna
Jana Krupicková ... Girl
... Guardsman Jindra
Lubomír Tlalka ... Guardsman Karel
Milos Willig ... Staff captain
... Guardian
Zdenek Mátl ... Hansgeorg Heidenmann
Alzbeta Frejková ... Old german women
Josef Nemecek ... Slovakian
Karel Belohradský ... Guardsman
Vlasta Petriková ... Women
Bohumil Vávra ... Vicar (scenes deleted)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Guardsman Karel (voice)
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In the aftermath of World War II, a former Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family. He falls in love with the daughter, who is now a maid, and is forced to confront the stress between his love and his conscience when he discovers her sheltering her German-soldier brother. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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A fine piece of cinema
1 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

In his first attempt at a colour film, director Frantisek Vlácil transports us by means of a train journey to Czechoslovakia where we are met with the repercussions of World War Two. A love tale with peril written all over it; Komer exemplifies the misfortunes which war carries to the table and how in its attempt to reconstruct minor faults of the world, war can end up hindering and reproducing them further. But will the two unlikely protagonists beat the odds in an unhopeful world with a happy ever after?

In Adelheid, the well selected cast and Vlácil's fine directing skills have the ability to make the audience experience the same emotions they do - we feel the loneliness, the bouts of happiness and the relevant sensations at the end. A fine piece of cinema, especially for its time, and one which truly represents casualties of war. VMF


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