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A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life ... See full summary »

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Ondrej Trojan
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Geislerová ... Eliska / Hana
György Cserhalmi ... Joza
Jaroslava Adamová ... Lucka
Miroslav Donutil ... Priest
Jaroslav Dusek ... Teacher Tkác
Iva Bittová ... Zena
Ivan Trojan ... Richard
Jan Hrusínský ... Slávek
Anna Vertelárová Anna Vertelárová ... Helenka
Tomás Zatecka ... Lipka
Ondrej Koval ... Michal Kutina
Tatiana Vajdová Tatiana Vajdová ... Anna Kutinová
Frantisek Velecký ... Old Kutina
Viera Pavlíková Viera Pavlíková ... Old Kutinová
Juraj Hrcka ... Vojta Juriga
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Storyline

A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife. Written by da man

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Language:

Czech | Russian | German

Release Date:

4 September 2003 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Erotas sto Zelary See more »

Filming Locations:

Brno, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,002, 19 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$329,723, 2 January 2005
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Czech Republic's official submission to 76th Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2004. See more »

Goofs

When Hana and Joza go to visit his mother's grave she is wearing a different dress as they return home. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 26 January 2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Zakázané ovoce
Lyrics by George Voskovec and Jan Werich
Music by Jaroslav Jezek
Performed by Ljuba Hermanová
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It lacks nothing
4 September 2007 | by futures-1See all my reviews

Set in Eastern Europe during the Nazi occupation, this is the story of a young, urbane, freedom fighter woman who faces discovery and capture every day in the big city. When the heat gets too high, her leaders suddenly send her away, to lessen the risk on her and everyone else. She just as suddenly finds herself with people she does not know, understand, or even like – who make decisions for her in an isolated, "backward" mountain village. How could life get any worse? What is her reason for living any longer? Well, she will see… she will see... one hard day at a time. This is a quietly powerful film, full of natural grandeur, human pettiness, the ebb and flow of pain and pleasure, forgiveness and revenge, taking and giving, and faith and hopelessness. "Zelary" is epic in scope, and full of Life's lessons. It lacks nothing.


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