The Snowdrop Festivities

1984 · 83 min

This movie is based on texts of Bohumil Hrabal, world-known Czech prosaic. It's a story (in a form of a mosaic of short episodes and pictures) about the sadness and happiness of inhabitants of Kersko (Kersko is a small woody area full of cottages and roods). These people are both simple and sensitive, they have their own pleasures (e.g. Leli is a collector of cheap, but inutile things) and the greatest delight of all of them is a hunting. Crude poetics of amateur hunting is screened by dreamy pictures of this area. Menzel mixes sentimental lyricism and rough (but not vulgar!) humor and the outcome is the never-ending landscape of continuous life in the proximate nearness of nature. The performances of actors are brilliant. Both Rudolf Hrusinsky as a Franz and Jaromír Hanzlik as a Leli have nonrecurring charm bottomed on a pain and inebriation. Only the music is not perfect: Jiri Sust usually assembled his film music from his older works and in this movie there is many quotations.

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Directed By
Jiří Menzel
Written By
Jiří Menzel
Filmové studio Barrandov

Cast of The Snowdrop Festivities

Josef Somrkapitán VB Vyhnálek
Petr Čepekřezník
Petr Bruknertraktorista Janeček
Rudolf Hrušínskýtraktoristův pomocník
Jiří Schmitzerhostinský Láďa Novák
Marie SpurnáNovákova žena
Blažena HolišováFrancova žena
Zdeněk Svěrákřidič trabanta
Bohumil Hrabalmuž vynášející septik
Milada Štýbrovádlouhovlasá tenistka

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