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Wrong Side Up (2005)

Príbehy obycejného sílenství (original title)
A black comedy based on director Petr Zelenka's successful stage play. It treats a simple theme: Jana has left Petr (Ivan Trojan), a boy 'who's not doing very well at the moment,' and he ... See full summary »

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Petr Zelenka

Writers:

Petr Zelenka (play), Petr Zelenka
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Trojan ... Petr
Zuzana Sulajová Zuzana Sulajová ... Jana
Zuzana Stivínová ... Jana (voice)
Miroslav Krobot ... Otec
Nina Divísková ... Matka
Karel Hermánek ... Sef
Petra Lustigová ... Sylvie
Jirí Bartoska ... Jirí
Zuzana Bydzovská ... Alice
Jana Hubinská ... Teta
Jirí Bábek ... Ales
Marta Sládecková Marta Sládecková ... Sefova zena
Jan Lepsík Jan Lepsík ... Kolega
Matús Bukovcan Matús Bukovcan ... Kolega
Petr Lafek Petr Lafek ... Martin
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A black comedy based on director Petr Zelenka's successful stage play. It treats a simple theme: Jana has left Petr (Ivan Trojan), a boy 'who's not doing very well at the moment,' and he wants her back. In a film in which love seems like madness (and vice versa) many bizarre things rise to the surface. Petr's mother (Nina Divísková) sends blood to Chechnya. His father (Miroslav Krobot) once did voice-overs for newsreels and his wife forces him to dial a random telephone number in order to find out if people still recognize his voice. Petr's boss (Karel Hermánek) prefers a shop window mannequin to his own vivacious wife, the neighbors enjoy sex only if someone is watching them, and Petr has such lovely eyes... When things in his apartment start to liven up, Petr feels like he's going insane. Or is he the only normal one? Maybe everyone else around him is losing it. Written by Czech film center

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Comedy | Drama

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entertaining till the end
2 January 2006 | by nop77See all my reviews

This certainly was one of the most entertaining czech/slovak movies I've seen since the 'fall of communism'. I found myself completely dragged into the movie from the very first minutes of watching it until its very end.

The events occurring to the main characters are funny in their randomness, unpredictability and madness, yet every one of the events has its unquestionable dramatic (or somehow sad) side which makes this movie so great. So does the 'grand finale' as well, with the aforementioned properties amplified to the level you are forced to laugh hysterically (well, at least I was) and in the very same moment to feel totally terrified because of what 'just' happened.

Ivan Trojan is adorable in this movie. He does an excellent job in his role. The rest of the cast is fine as well ... With the exception of Jana Hubinska. Don't get me wrong - I like her a lot with her big eyes and nice legs ;-) - but I just couldn't stand her speaking that strange mixture of czech words and slovak pronunciation and accent.

One vote-point down as IMO no movie should ever get a full vote of 10. The second point down for Jana Hubinska. Recommended to all 'late communist era'-aware Slovaks and Czechs out there.


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Language:

Czech | Slovak

Release Date:

24 February 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$955,097
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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