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A strange nobleman returning after years abroad to a small Bohemian village in the beginning of 19th century. The nobleman feels closer to animals despite looking like a human. He is a ... See full summary »


Ondrej Havelka
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Credited cast:
Karel Dobrý ... Baron Johann Salmon de Caus
Jirí Lábus ... sluha Francl
Vladimír Polívka ... Jakub
Simona Zmrzlá ... Katynka Kolarova
Jan Komínek
David Novotný ... rychtar Kolar
Norbert Lichý ... Kabelatsch
Jan Kolarík ... farar Fidelius
Jirí Marysko ... ucitel Voves
Anna Kratochvílová
Vojtech Hrabák
Dominika Býmová Dominika Býmová
Andrea Berecková Andrea Berecková
Ivan Sochor Ivan Sochor


A strange nobleman returning after years abroad to a small Bohemian village in the beginning of 19th century. The nobleman feels closer to animals despite looking like a human. He is a Hastrman - a water spirit. Water is his element. He loves it, understands it and communicates with it. He needs water not only to sustain his life, but also to gain superhuman strength and dexterity. In this romantic, fantastical, yet ironic story, love brings Hastrman unexpected happiness with an agonizing dilemma: whether to remain a wild creature or to cross the boundaries and get closer to become a human. Vivid and earthy folklore of local villagers brings authenticity to pagan folkways, yet the story ends in present times. Written by Filmhastrman.cz

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Referenced in Kafe s Jolanou: Ondrej Havelka (2018) See more »

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Beauty and the Beast Bohemian style
9 April 2019 | by crystalmh3698See all my reviews

I am still thinking about this film and all of the amazing dialogue full of clever double entendres. A sincere thank you to Ondrej Havelka for pulling great performances out of this talented cast. Outstanding chemistry between Karel Dobry and Simona Zmrzla when they are on the screen you can not look away. I was so delighted to see the Pagan influence in the film and how upset it made the hypocrite priest. I have Bohemian blood running through my veins and I am a very proud Pagan so it made a lasting impression on me. Simona Zmrzla was perfectly cast as Katynka Kolarova, charming, playful, mischievous, passionate and incredibly beautiful. Of course all of the people in the town were in love with her or jealous of her. I am a little in love with her myself!! Katynka and Simona!! The natural beauty of the area they shot the film was appreciated it did not look like green screen work.I truly wanted to believe that it was the Bohemian Empire in the early 19th century. Mr. Dobry spent a lot of time in the water and it looked very chilly, clearly he was very committed to this role. There is a lot of dark humor in this film and that is something I love. I saw this film in San Francisco, California at the Roxie Theater at the annual Czech That Film Festival. Keep making films like this for me and other Czech people in the USA. Sending you all kindness and love (especially Simona) from the last of the Hosek clan in Frisco.

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