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A bittersweet comedy set just prior to 1984, during the era of 'practical socialism'. For political reasons, Bedrich Mára (Bolek Polívka) has had to give up teaching at Prague's Academy of ... See full summary »

Director:

Jan Hrebejk

Writers:

Petr Sabach (book), Petr Jarchovský
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bolek Polívka ... Bedrich Mára (as Boleslav Polívka)
Eva Holubová ... Alena Márová
Jaroslav Dusek ... Míla Brecka
Jirí Pecha ... Alois Fábera
Vilma Cibulková ... Magda Brecková
Lukás Baborský ... Matej Brecka
Vojtech Svoboda Vojtech Svoboda ... Bobes Mára
Nikola Pesková ... Pavla Brecková
Matej Nechvátal Matej Nechvátal ... Honza Brecka
Jan Drozda Jan Drozda ... Jirka Ptácník
Pavel Liska ... Vláda Ptácník
Bohumil Klepl ... Motycka
Boris Hybner ... Krause
Zuzana Krónerová ... clerk Gabalová
Zuzana Michnová Zuzana Michnová ... Vlasticka
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A bittersweet comedy set just prior to 1984, during the era of 'practical socialism'. For political reasons, Bedrich Mára (Bolek Polívka) has had to give up teaching at Prague's Academy of Art. He is not allowed to exhibit and has been pushed to the sidelines of interest and lucrative commissions. He and his ceramicist wife (Eva Holubová) and two sons live in a small apartment on the outskirts of Prague. Míla Brecka (Jaroslav Dusek), the school principal, and his family stand in stark contrast to the Máras. Comrade Míla and his ambitious wife (Vilma Cibulková), Bedrich's fellow student from the Academy, have gone with the socialist flow for years. They find justification for their behavior in the usual words: 'Someones got to swim along with them to make things better; someones got to make that sacrifice!' Written by Czech film center

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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Mára and Fábera are talking about jobs in Mára's studio and they're standing around a clay bust, they switch positions between two shots. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Host Lucie Výborné: Jan Hrebejk (2018) See more »

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A film about life behind the Iron Curtain
28 September 2003 | by dubesorSee all my reviews

This is a good flick from the Czech Republic. Without going into too much detail, the film focuses on the country's pre-Velvet Revolution Communist regime and one artists's fight to retain his integrity. I truly enjoyed the movie (screened at Vancouver's annual film fest); I thought the lead male actor (sculptor Mara) did an excellent job.


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Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

27 March 2003 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Pupendo - Irány a tenger! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CZK30,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,043,257
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Production Co:

Total HelpArt T.H.A. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Filmfest Hamburg)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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