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Close to Heaven (2005)

Blízko nebe (original title)
Samuel stands on the edge of a hotel roof in the rain and, before he jumps into the street below, he tries to summon up in his mind an image of his homeland.


Dan Svátek


Dan Svátek


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Credited cast:
Go Go Jean Michel Francis Go Go Jean Michel Francis ... Samuel
Tuva Novotny ... Emily
Tonya Graves Tonya Graves ... Mbo
Petr Vanek ... Ernest the Illusionist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lívia Bielovic Lívia Bielovic ... Kira (as Lívia Sabolová)
Karl Clark Karl Clark ... Father Samuel
Arnost Goldflam ... Gut
Curtis Jones Curtis Jones ... Grandfather Samuel
Lucia Luzinská Lucia Luzinská ... Mína
Ivo Niederle ... Hugo
Rudolf Pellar ... Felix
Jan Pocepický Jan Pocepický ... Emanuel
Chantal Poullain ... Johana (as Chantal Poullain-Polívková)
Olga Rychlíková Olga Rychlíková ... Berta
Miroslav Táborský ... Jägermeister


Samuel stands on the edge of a hotel roof in the rain and, before he jumps into the street below, he tries to summon up in his mind an image of his homeland.

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Billed as 'the first Czech European film', hopefully also the last.
11 July 2005 | by jamiercSee all my reviews

A terrible film.

There are so many things wrong with this film its hard to know where to start. So for arguments sake lets begin with wondering why a Czech team made a film in English, and used actors who could barely speak the language. Two examples suffice, the pronunciation of 'knock' with a 'K', and 'doubt' with a 'B' are surely enough to describe the quality of the actors and production values.

Most of the common crude black stereotypes are employed, not so surprising in a Czech film, but considering the international market it is aimed at (being in English),its perhaps not so wise. Are people still making jokes about black men having large genitalia in 2005? Yes if this film is to be believed.

It's hard to think of many saving graces about this clichéd drivel. Clearly trying to be inspired by the likes of Amelie and Magnolia, it fails on every count.

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Release Date:

7 July 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

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Close to Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic See more »


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EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

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