This Is 40 ...

This Is 40 ...



After seeing "returnable bottles" John Sverák come to mind two questions: how it is with the Czech comedies that (almost) always successful, and why we can not get on the freedom of expression as our southern neighbors (rhyme unintended)? Czechs in their cinema can so skillfully translated the prose of everyday life into the film and so skilfully avoid moralizing that reaches to the depths of the contemporary problems of ordinary people, potentially constituting the object of interest. This was the Oscar-winning "Koli", as it is now - Joseph Tkaloun (Zdeněk Svěrák) has just resigned (in consultation with the director) with school work and trying somewhere "mislay".


It is the age of retirement, and his "male imagination" works on the increased speed, which paradoxically does not improve the relationship with his wife, who in turn lack the former vigor. Ima Tkaloun the odd jobs so that his life has not amounted to a walk in the park and drinking beer (which passion makes his companions), and in order to free themselves from the wife and the associated "home" stagnation. As a result of the case, sympathetic old man goes to buying bottles in one of the spożywczaków (and the beers that the Czechs themselves do not regret ...), which is experiencing a second youth.


  You can "Empties" perceived as a warm story about approaching old age and dealing with his own weaknesses, but the movie is more nostalgia for leaving the analog era and replacing it technocracy (great scene from automatic to receive bottles). While the first plane is rather situational comedy lined desires and willingness to life coloration, the second light smacks of drama. Outgoing generation, though radiant vitalism and still curious, hidden bitterness he feels the same historical situation. Because why should Tkaloun and his ilk are removed from various spheres of society? Working in buying bottles or erotic fantasies are no deviation and perversion in his old age, a simple longing for what brazenly passed and will not return. It's hard to accept, but there is no other way. Roughly a cliché, but no one like the Czechs can not make these precious platitudes. It is this ability allows them to narrative lightness and accepting reality from a distance; can exceed its own comedy genre, changing it from within more or less funny scenes in a kind of self-therapy. Here also lies the answer to the posed at the beginning of my questions - we Poles, all the time trying to change the reality around us, because we are eternally dissatisfied with it, while the Czechs are trying to find their place in it.


Only so much and so many. Sebastian Pytel.

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