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Wyświetlanie postów z luty, 2018

Ghost Mountaineer (Must Alpinist)

Must Alpininst - Ghost Mountaineer   How to get surprised by good films from distant places? The easiest way is asking locals for tips when you are there. This wasn’t possible this time, but a friend of us happened to be in Tallinn for few days. “There is a good DVD department, go there - Paul told   him after having written down his want-list. - And then ask the shop assistant what he/she would suggest in addition to that list”. “And you really will pay for that all, not knowing what he'll suggest?" - our friend asked puzzled. “Yes, don’t worry! - Paul said. This is how we got Ghost Mountaineer (Must Alpinist - in Estonian).  That film was an excellent choice. Thanks to that unknown shop assistant!  And to our friend! Film from Estonia about Siberia in the 80. The film starts with some brownish amateur pictures and a women voice from the off. First we were not sure whether it's a documentary or a feature film. It turned out to be a mix, with the most pa

Late Bloomers in Switzerland

Four older women have an untypical business idea in the quiet and conservative Emmental region. That is the begin of the best Swiss comedy in recent years. When the enterprising seniors decide to convert a boring local corner shop into a chic lingerie store, their community is thrown into disarray. There are plenty of controversies and intrigues but the four ladies do not give up.   Wise comedy about and from Emmental The 80-years-old Martha (played wonderful by Stephanie Glaser) and her team show in an amusing and wise way that it is never too late to pursue your own dreams. As “late bloomers” they learn to drive, to use Internet, to overcome all difficulties. And that with lots of humor and charme.  Best Swiss film in recent years This movie ( Die Herbstzeitlosen – in German) had its premiere during the Film Festival in Locarno in August 2006 and got standing ovations. It was Switzerland’s submission to the 80 th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language

The Elementary School and (no) discipline

The story of Obecná škola (The Elementary School - in Czech) was written by Zděnek Svěrák who described his own experiences in the post-war Czechoslovakia. First as a pupil and later also as a teacher. He did it with humor, irony and nostalgia. A successful mix.  Comedy about post-war Czechoslovakia The story begins in 1945, after the World War II.   Ten-year-old boy Eda lives in one of the suburbs of Prague, in Czechoslovakia. He attends the elementary school and he belongs to a class with no discipline at all. Maxová, his female teacher gets a breakdown and is replaced by Igor, a reputed war hero. Despite his strict authoritarian methods, the boys soon become charmed by the man. Igor were successful if not the girls and their skirts… The successful Svěrák family duo That is the first film of the Svěrák family duo and the first on time passing and aging. With big history in the background. The next movie in this trilogy are Kolya (1996) and Empties (2007).

Empties – a moving Czech comedy

We love Czech comedies! Yes, we know, we are not unique. Perhaps mostly of you have already seen Empties but it is still worth mentioning. This film tells a story of an elderly literature teacher from a high school in Prague. Josef Tkaloun, set up by his lazy pupils, decides to quite the job. Instead of getting retired he undertakes new professional challenges. He starts to bike as a courier but he soon realizes that it is not for him. Josef is physically fit but digitally illiterate. Next choice is a supermarket where he recycles glass bottles, the empties. And the new life begins – with new inspirations, observations, flirts… Jan & Zděnek Svěrák   - son and father duo This film ( Vratné lahve – in Czech, 2007) is made by Jan Svěrák. The main role stars his father Zděnek Svěrák. It is the third movie in the trilogy on aging that commenced 1991 with The Elementary School and continued in 1996 with the Oscar-winning Kolya. On the DVD’s extras one can see how the fa