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Empties (2007)

Vratné lahve (original title)
A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society.

Director:

Jan Sverák

Writers:

Zdenek Sverák (story), Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Zdenek Sverák ... Josef Tkaloun
Daniela Kolárová ... Eliska Tkalounová
Pavel Landovský ... Rezác
Tatiana Vilhelmová ... Helenka
Jirí Machácek ... Robert Landa
Jan Budar ... Úlisný
Nela Boudová ... Ptácková (as Nella Boudová)
Miroslav Táborský ... vedoucí Subrt
Vera Tichánková ... Lamková
Jana Plodková ... Cárkovaná
Robin Soudek Robin Soudek ... Tomík
Martin Pechlát ... Karel
Bozidara Turzonovová ... Kvardová
Jan Vlasák ... Wasserbauer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jitka Asterová ... Moderátorka v rádiu
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Storyline

A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society.

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A comedy about the fullness of life.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Czech Republic | UK | Denmark

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

8 March 2007 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Povratne boce See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film there is visible a TV program with a highlighted film Kolya (1996), made by the same duo: Jan Sverák (director) and Zdenek Sverák (writer and a main character in both, a father of Jan). See more »

Goofs

Eliska is supposed to be a professional teacher of German, yet in the German sentences she speaks in the course of the movie, her German has a heavy Czech accent, much worse than that of her supposed student. And, when Eliska is asked to translate the sentence, "I work for the city administration," her German translation makes no grammatic sense ("an der Stadtamt"). See more »


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Nebude to lahké
Written by Richard Muller
Performed by Richard Muller
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absolutely gorgeous, witty, eloquent
28 July 2007 | by diana-urickovaSee all my reviews

Simply, a waaayyy better than Kolja. Personally, I guess almost anything said about a movie before you see it is actually a spoiler, as it influences the expectations and the response isn't that pure anymore. For those who share this attitude with me, just read no more than the next line. Believe me, go see this great cinematic achievement. The Sverak duo is certainly a kind of quality guarantee. However, Vratne lahve gives you much more than the necessary expectations fulfillment. Witty dialogues, tremendously believable acting, plausible script and humane setting, all of these form a story full of emotions and simple truths most of us value so much even without realizing it. This movie makes you realize all those lovely aspects life and its various phases bring about. ...and one more thing, (this might be connected with understanding the local mentality) watching this movie you will most probably find yourself laughing really whole-heartedly, this movie is truly much funnier than any high-rated comedy, even though the topic and story covered aren't actually that funny in real life at all. Wonderful experience, definitely deserves worldwide recognition, a second Oscar for Sverak wouldn't be too much to expect.


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