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Loners (2000)

Samotári (original title)
Robert works for a travel agency and helps to arrange scenes from the everyday lives of "ordinary" Czech families as an attraction for Japanese tourists. He also works as a kind of ... See full summary »

Director:

David Ondrícek

Writers:

Olga Dabrowská (story) (as Olga Dabrowska), Petr Zelenka (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Labina Mitevska ... Vesna
Jitka Schneiderová ... Hanka
Sasa Rasilov ... Petr
Jirí Machácek ... Jakub
Ivan Trojan ... Ondrej
Mikulás Kren ... Robert (as Miki Kren)
Dana Sedláková Dana Sedláková ... Lenka
Hana Maciuchová ... Hanka's mother
Frantisek Nemec ... Hanka's father
Emma Cerná ... Robert's mother
Tatiana Vilhelmová ... Prostitute
Zdenek Suchý ... Drug dealer
David Matásek ... Radio owner
Petr Kasnar Petr Kasnar ... Magician
Pavla Drtinová Pavla Drtinová ... Girl in a bar
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Robert works for a travel agency and helps to arrange scenes from the everyday lives of "ordinary" Czech families as an attraction for Japanese tourists. He also works as a kind of matchmaker and occasionally helps to put together some of his friends. He helps to separate his friend Hanka from Peter, an announcer for an independent radio station who tries to capture "real" life by recording the moments from "reality" and playing them over the air. Vesna, came to Prague from Macedonia because it is according to her the best place for UFOs to land, but her real reason for coming is somewhat different... Hanka is followed by the crazy Ondrej, until then a respected brain surgeon, and married with two kids. Through him she meets Jacob, who uses copious amounts of weed in order to be constructive in this gloomy world. On the other hand, this destroys his short-term memory - and he forgets that he already has a girlfriend. The disappointed Hanka runs to her parents, only to find some ... Written by <pavel.smutny.ekf@vsb.cz>

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Come to laugh at yourself.

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Comedy

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Jakub: [Talking into the camera] I get high because the world is cruel and people are lonely. I work so I can buy drugs that make people seem kind, friendly, free and beautiful. Trouble is, these drugs caused me to hurt someone. So it doesn't make sense for me to do them anymore. I've had it with drugs. I'm giving up weed.
[Raises his joint, looks at it, then looks back at the camera]
Jakub: This is my last joint. I'm not even going to finish it.
[...]
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Referenced in Anthropoid Press Conference (2015) See more »

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French Connection
Written by Pavel Rejholec
Performed by Pare's Band
Courtesy of Pare's Band
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Now, this is what a comedy should be like
24 April 2002 | by DejanZSee all my reviews

Bravo to Czechs, their once-powerful movie industry seems to awaken from post-Communist slumber.

The Loners is a comedy done with all the elements you would expect to see in a modern "hollywood" production minus the garbage that seems to get attached to the genre over the past several years. Superb soundtrack, excellent visual editing, beautiful Prague cityscape, to mention but a few.

The story is actually comprised of several sub-stories that frequently intertwain and overlap, an is in essence a collage of destinies, fates, desires... It follows a group of urban youth-to-mid-thirties people through a variety of situations ranging from daily life and leisure activities to careers and obsessions. And it IS hillarious. There's actually a point in the movie where the entire theatre I was in (about a 100 people in a small art gallery) laughed non-stop for about 40-50 seconds. How often do you experience that with modern hollywood productions?

Although the entire main cast is excellent (especially the upcoming Macedonian star Labina Mitevska in the role of an immigrant facing the all-too-familiar hardships) I have to single out Jiri Machacek for his superbly believeable portrayal of Jakub, a constantly stoned bohemian whose brain is severely affected by the stuff he smokes landing him in a plethora of funny situations.

Conclusion: don't miss this one! It's got a lot to offer.


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Language:

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Release Date:

13 April 2000 (Czech Republic) See more »

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Beroun District, Czech Republic See more »

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$696,747
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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