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Cast

Series cast summary:
Tatiana Pauhofová ...  Dagmar Buresová 3 episodes, 2013
Jaroslava Pokorná ...  Libuse Palachová 3 episodes, 2013
Petr Stach ...  Jirí Palach 3 episodes, 2013
Vojtech Kotek ...  Ondrej Trávnícek 3 episodes, 2013
Patrik Dergel ...  Pavel Janda 3 episodes, 2013
Martin Huba ...  Vilém Nový 3 episodes, 2013
Igor Bares ...  mjr. Docekal 3 episodes, 2013
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Jan Budar ...  Radim Bures 3 episodes, 2013
Ivan Trojan ...  mjr. Jires 3 episodes, 2013
Denny Ratajský Denny Ratajský ...  por. Bocek 3 episodes, 2013
Jenovéfa Boková ...  Vladka Charouzová 3 episodes, 2013
David Novotný ...  JUDr. Sýkora / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Emma Smetana ...  Hana Cízková 3 episodes, 2013
Tatjana Medvecká ...  MUDr. Ziková 3 episodes, 2013
Ivana Uhlírová Ivana Uhlírová ...  JUDr Reznícková / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Stanislav Zindulka ...  JUDr. Sládecek 3 episodes, 2013
Michaela Procházková Michaela Procházková ...  Zuzanka Buresová 3 episodes, 2013
Tereza Korejsová Tereza Korejsová ...  Lucinka Buresová 3 episodes, 2013
Alois Svehlík ...  nácelník Horyna 3 episodes, 2013
Miroslav Krobot ...  Pruvodcí Jiricka / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Ondrej Malý ...  JUDr. Knapp 3 episodes, 2013
Tomás Dianiska 3 episodes, 2013
Jirí Bábek 3 episodes, 2013
Hana Marie Marousková Hana Marie Marousková 3 episodes, 2013
Lukás Cernoch Lukás Cernoch 3 episodes, 2013
Pavel Cisovský Pavel Cisovský 3 episodes, 2013
Sebastian Jacques Sebastian Jacques 3 episodes, 2013
Zuzana Truplová Zuzana Truplová ...  Studentka FFUK 3 episodes, 2013
Marian Roden 3 episodes, 2013
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Filip Capka 3 episodes, 2013
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Lenka Loubalová Lenka Loubalová 3 episodes, 2013
Václav Marhold Václav Marhold 3 episodes, 2013
Ivan Rezác 3 episodes, 2013
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Ivo Kubecka Ivo Kubecka 3 episodes, 2013
Jaroslav Pulda Jaroslav Pulda 3 episodes, 2013
Josef Hervert Josef Hervert 3 episodes, 2013
Claudia Vaseková Claudia Vaseková 3 episodes, 2013
Anne-Francoise Josephová Anne-Francoise Josephová 3 episodes, 2013
Alena Dlouhá Alena Dlouhá 3 episodes, 2013
Lambert Slezák Lambert Slezák 3 episodes, 2013
Jirí Kohout Jirí Kohout 3 episodes, 2013
Hynek Chmelar Hynek Chmelar 3 episodes, 2013
Lubos Veselý 3 episodes, 2013
Slávek Bilský Slávek Bilský 3 episodes, 2013
Roman Slovák Roman Slovák 3 episodes, 2013
Karel Gult Karel Gult 3 episodes, 2013
Ctirad Götz Ctirad Götz 3 episodes, 2013
Miroslav Sabadin Miroslav Sabadin 3 episodes, 2013
Nadezda Husáková Nadezda Husáková 3 episodes, 2013
Ludek Nesleha Ludek Nesleha 3 episodes, 2013
Marta Vítu Marta Vítu 3 episodes, 2013
Pavla Gajdosíková Pavla Gajdosíková 3 episodes, 2013
Petr Franek Petr Franek 3 episodes, 2013
Lukás Kristán Lukás Kristán 3 episodes, 2013
Karel Wiencek Karel Wiencek 3 episodes, 2013
Milan Encev Milan Encev 3 episodes, 2013
Rostislav Novák Jr. 3 episodes, 2013
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Milena Sajdkova Milena Sajdkova 3 episodes, 2013
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David Noll David Noll 3 episodes, 2013
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Storyline

Based on real characters and events, this drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagmar Buresová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan's family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonor Palach's sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia. Written by HBO Europe

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A Thriller of Prague Spring and Beyond See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

27 January 2013 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning Bush See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,049, 25 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,049, 25 July 2014
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Trivia

Karel Roden was considered for the part of Vladimír Charouz, eventually played by Adrian Jastraban. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 8 February 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Vcera nedele byla
Music by Jirí Slitr
Lyrics by Jirí Suchý
Performed by Pavlína Filipovská
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Jan Palach burns himself to death in Prague with far-reaching consequences - a true story all the way.
19 January 2015 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is not just the story of Jan Palach and his self-immolation in protest against the political oppression of the communists in Czechoslovakia 1969 but also the story of many people involved in his case, especially his mother.

There are some extremely sensitive scenes in this tremendous film of how political oppression works with its fatal immeasurable consequences for individuals, whose lives more often than not are ruined by bureaucrats who are unaware of it but victims themselves of the system.

The mother here is an ordinary elderly lady, one of hundreds of thousands of mothers whose sufferings, fates and quiet martyrdom never become known, but the focus of this film is lifting forth this mother with an overwhelming impression on those who must empathize with her. It's the most difficult part, and the actress playing her is more than just convincing - it is, as Polanski would have termed it, totally organic. The psychological torture she is subjected to for suing the authorities for slandering her son after his suicide is more cruel than any physical torture and must break her to mind and soul.

This film is almost documentary in its detailed psychological account of this sensitive case with all its victims and at the same time a masterpiece of suspense. I have never seen anything like it, while closest to it might be Margaretha Von Trotta's similar psychological insightful next-to documentaries of human suffering under autocracies of mental cruelty more severe and evil than any ordinary open cruelty for its carefully intentional inhumanity.

Still, Agnieszka Holland makes you understand all these pawns of fate as no more than human caught up in the human destructiveness of totalitarianism, which gets worse the longer it lasts, the only comfort of which is that it is always doomed.

The original film is almost 4 hours, there is a slightly abbreviated version of only 3, but it is well worth acquiring the longer version.


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