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The Noonday Witch (2016)

Polednice (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 3 March 2016 (Czech Republic)
A story of Eliska and her daughter, starting a new life in a remote house with the 'father away on business', as the mother claims. After the lie is disclosed, their relationship begins to ... See full summary »

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Jiri Sádek, Matej Chlupacek (co-director) (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Anna Geislerová ... Eliska / The Noonday Witch
Karolína Lipowská ... Anetka
Zdenek Mucha ... mayor Mráz
Daniela Kolárová ... Mrs. Mrázová
Jirí Strébl ... Zdenek Polácek
Marie Ludvíková ... Dása Polácková
Mikulás Prosek Mikulás Prosek ... Simon
Halka Tresnáková Halka Tresnáková ... Simon's mother
Marek Pospíchal ... Sedlácek
Tomás Bambusek ... Merta
Petr Kocourek Petr Kocourek ... Budinský
Zdenek Palusga Zdenek Palusga ... Ruml
Pavel Moravec Pavel Moravec ... Vicar
Petr Klimes Petr Klimes ... The Noonday Witch
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A story of Eliska and her daughter, starting a new life in a remote house with the 'father away on business', as the mother claims. After the lie is disclosed, their relationship begins to wither. At that time, the mythical Noonday Witch begins to materialize. She is coming closer and closer and the question is poised: is the danger real or is it all in the mother's crumbling head? Written by Czechfilmcenter

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

3 March 2016 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$341,202
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Barletta See more »
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Color
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Referenced in Za biják Kamila Fily: Hastrman (2018) See more »

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Noonday Itch
16 September 2016 | by ShadowplayedSee all my reviews

Let it be said right off the bat: not daring enough to be called horror. Folklore elements that give us taste of what could have been do give this drama a certain flavor, but it did get cold feet in the final act that could have redeemed the slow build-up.

Beautifully shot, the amount of golden light that, in my experience, could only be challenged by The Reflecting Skin, the film certainly holds that dark grief that characters carry around deep down.

Largely psychological, Polednice takes sweet time portraying the village community mother and daughter got to be a part of, and only briefly plays with a prospect of supernatural. It is, sadly, never fully exploited although the opportunities were many. Instead, it builds suspense just to go nowhere with it. A shame, with such potent setting, cinematography and cast this film needed just that one step to be truly memorable genre piece. Instead, it just left dangling in the midair...I was left itching for more.


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