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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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$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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Bozena: He's our child and we have to stick by him through thick and thin.
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Strange, enjoyable, worth a look.
7 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I had the good fortune to see this at a special showing in Washington introduced by the director. I just wanted to say that I found it fascinating, very funny, and pretty unnerving at moments. Friends of mine had recommended Svankmajer's animated works, which I have yet to see and hopefully will be able to track down and watch.

I love the visual effects-- they don't have the polished look of digitized Hollywood extravaganzas, but they have a curious, unruly life to them which I found infinitely more interesting. This is a sharp, funny, likeable yet disturbing folktale on film, and I strongly recommend those with a taste for the unusual seeking it out.


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