Story of a small boy is forced to move out of Prague during World War 2 to a small village of Slavonice where he meets the rest of his family. He needs to make new friends and get used to a... See full summary »
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 ... See full summary »
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A period in the life of diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, who was the son of Czechoslovakia's founder, served as the country's minister of foreign affairs and has been brutally killed by Russian secret service in 1948.
I'm an Indian residing in Prague for 6 years. I was aware of Jan Palach in the very first week of landing in Prague. I took a walking tour of Prague old town square where the tour guide mentioned his story. Then again I was aware of Jan Palach day which happens in January.
This is my first Czech movie since they screened with English subtitles. I'm A1 level in Czech language so still not very comfortable otherwise to watch without the help of subtitles. Hence avoided all these years.
I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Even though the overall story was known I was keen to understand what drove him, the context, the background and also his personality. I think the director has done a fantastic job to narrate the story whilst keeping the movie at a good pace, with nice subtle humour, beautiful photography especially the period costumes and cityscape. The lead actor has played the role very well.
I'd highly recommend this movie to anyone who would ofcourse want to know of Jan Palach final days and more importantly the Czechoslovakia student movement during the Soviet occupation.
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