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When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bozena
... Karel
... Alzbetka's Mother
... Alzbetka's Father
Kristina Adamcová ... Alzbetka
Dagmar Stríbrná ... Pani spravcova (mrs. caretaker)
Zdenek Kozák ... Mr. Zlabek
Gustav Vondracek ... Mladek, the postman
... Gynaecologist
... Bulankova, the social worker
... Policeman at station
... Young postman
Jan Jirán ... Karel's co-worker
Zdenek Palusga ... Uniformed policeman
Frantisek Polata ... Plainclothes policeman
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When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a stump in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than that of a normal child. Written by bob the moo

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,335, 23 December 2001, Limited Release

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$116,710, 5 May 2002
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Originally, Jan Svankmajer wanted to shoot this film in early nineties and considered to cast Woody Allen and Mia Farrow as Karel and Bozena. See more »

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Alzbetka: Before I was born did you sometimes take me out of your tummy and put me back in again?
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References The Grandmother (1970) See more »

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Beautiful, bizare and truly satisfying fantasy
4 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had never heard of Jan Svankmajer before seeing this, after recording it at 3o'clock in the morning on channel four, and i certainly wasn't dissapointed. This film, as like the rest of Svankmajer's work is truly original and unique. It's a must see for anyone who's a fan of the surreal. The stop motion animation of the disturbing stump baby is incredible. A number of Svankmajer's work, including this and Faust, are retelling of old czech fairy tales, and the films really capture the atmosphere of the great capital Prague.

Also see faust and alice, also by Svankmajer, both are equally as good if slightly more difficult to comprehend.


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