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The Melancholic Chicken (1999)

Kure melancholik (original title)
Little Lojzík, whose mother was struck and killed by lightening, lives on a farm with his father and their old manservant. He perceives the raw surrounding world as images promising him his... See full summary »

Director:

Jaroslav Brabec
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Karel Roden ... Father
Anna Geislerová ... Mother
Radko Chromek Radko Chromek ... Lojzik
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vlasta Chramostová
Vilma Cibulková ... Roza
Martin Huba ... Uncle
Lubomír Kostelka
Jirí Krytinár
Diana Mórová Diana Mórová ... Aunt
Vladimír Zboron Vladimír Zboron ... Knéz
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Little Lojzík, whose mother was struck and killed by lightening, lives on a farm with his father and their old manservant. He perceives the raw surrounding world as images promising him his mother's lost embrace. The young boy searches in vain for someone out of all those near him to connect with. He can't get support and security from his father, from his mother's sister, nor even from his stepmother who, at least at the beginning, sympathized with his troubles. The only one, in fact, with whom Lojzík can share his lonely fate as an abandoned young one is an ordinary chicken. Written by Ceskatelevize.cz

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Drama

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Haunting, Bittersweet; in short it made me cry
20 May 2005 | by faustian_jargonSee all my reviews

This film has haunted me for years since I caught it on late night TV,. Flms from this part of the world are often profoundly bleak and honest, often brutally so. This type of film-making is the antithesis of the generic, posturing American fluff we've all become accustomed to and is comparable to Tarkovsky as his best; as opposed to Soderbergh at his worst.

I have recently been fortunate to meet a Russian friend who gets me these films and these have again and again stirred up the emotions triggered by this, my first Russian-style masterpiece. The story is simple and is summed up neatly above, but words only serve to cheapen the insight and craft of such a masterful work, if you need plot-padding like token twists and such, you'd do best to avoid this.

In closing let me say: get it, steal it, do whatever you can to let this film into your heart.


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Official Sites:

Czech TV

Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

30 September 1999 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

The Melancholy Chicken See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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