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The film uses a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live-action segments, and tells the story of a married man who lives a double life in his dreams, where he is married to another woman.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writer:

Jan Svankmajer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Václav Helsus ... Evzen / Milan
Klára Issová ... Evzenie
Zuzana Krónerová ... Milada (as Zuzana Kronerová)
Daniela Bakerová Daniela Bakerová ... MUDr. Holubová
Emília Doseková Emília Doseková ... Super-ego
Marcel Nemec Marcel Nemec ... Colleague
Jan Pocepický Jan Pocepický ... Antiquarian
Jana Olhová ... Prostitute
Pavel Nový ... Janitor
Karel Brozek Karel Brozek ... Boss
Miroslav Vrba Miroslav Vrba ... Fikejz
Frantisek Polata Frantisek Polata ... Doctor
Ludmila Hanuláková Ludmila Hanuláková ... Cashier in Sportipo
Lenka Dvorská Lenka Dvorská ... Cashier in cinema
Vaclav Jezek Vaclav Jezek ... Waiter
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The film uses a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live-action segments, and tells the story of a married man who lives a double life in his dreams, where he is married to another woman.

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Psychoanalytická komedie (A psychoanalytical comedy)


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Language:

Czech

Release Date:

16 September 2010 (Slovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Surviving Life See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A surreal experience
1 February 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SURVIVING LIFE is my first Svankmajer film. I'm not sure it was the ideal place to start, because it doesn't seem to be a very accessible type of movie. The director stars as himself, playing a man in an unhappy marriage who's haunted by dreams of a beautiful woman. To that end, he begins visiting a psychiatrist, and that's where the fun really begins.

The most arresting, and original thing, about the production is the animation. The characters are animated via stills moved through stop-motion, and it's a unique experience, one that brought to mind the old days of MONTY PYTHON. With this being a surreal film, there's plenty of surrealist humour, mostly involving creatures with human heads or humans with animal heads.

The story is where the film lets itself down a bit, because it doesn't really seem to be about much. There's no sense of pace or narrative structure, just endless repetition in the elaborate dream sequences and the real-life stuff, which is just as weird. The humour works, the jokes are funny, but the script isn't. By the end, I found it all slightly tiresome and wondered if it might have worked better as a short.


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