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Little Otik (Otesánek) (2000)

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Jan Hartl Jan Hartl
Karel
Jaroslava Kretschmerová Jaroslava Kretschmerová
Alzbetka's Mother
Pavel Nový Pavel Nový
Alzbetka's Father
Dagmar Stríbrná Dagmar Stríbrná
Pani spravcova
Zdenek Kozák Zdenek Kozák
Mr. Zlabek
Gustav Vondracek Gustav Vondracek
Mladek, the postman


Written by
Karel Jaromír Erben Karel Jaromír Erben
(fairy tale)
Jan Svankmajer Jan Svankmajer
screenplay


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Very disturbing with a crazy dialogue...

6 years ago at Jan 25 5:06
I had no knowledge at all of this film, the director or the actosr within this film so I had no idea of what to expect. The reason why I watched this was because my tutor at my college wanted us to watch it. It is a mixture of live action and stop-motion animation. It is definitely one of the most psychologically disturbing films I have ever seen. It was deeply interesting to start with but when t... read more

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5 years, 5 months ago at Sep 13 12:03
oow. this is hard work got half the way through and had to quit - you really have to be in the right mood for this one. That said - I wont be going back to watch the 2nd half.

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5 years, 4 months ago at Oct 8 6:16
I was expecting something more distressing, but there was a nice quite placid feeling throughout the film. Original idea (I understood it's from a fairy tale), and I liked the animations.
The sound bothered me at some points, it didn't quite match all the scenes, but not too disruptive.
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When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child.
Release date: 25 January 2001
UPC: 795975103138
Tags: Comedy (8), Czech (8), Fantasy (7), Horror (7), Animation (6), 2000 (5), 2000s (5), Fairy Tale (5), Surreal (4), Surrealism (3), Drama (3), (2), Czech Republic (2), Baby (2), Original (1), Jan (1), Svankmajer (1), {czech 06} (1), 00's (1), {czech 03} (1)
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The sound bothered me at some points, it didn't quite match all the scenes, but not too disruptive.” read more

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Very disturbing with a crazy dialogue...

“I had no knowledge at all of this film, the director or the actosr within this film so I had no idea of what to expect. The reason why I watched this was because my tutor at my college wanted us to watch it. It is a mixture of live action and stop-motion animation. It is definitely one of the most psychologically disturbing films I have ever seen. It was deeply interesting to start with but when things started changing, it started going silly, cheesy and, to be honest, predictable.

Jan Hartl's performance as Karel was awesome! Him and his wife Bozena are going through a very difficult time because they cannot have a child. To ease his wife's pain, Karel digs up a massive root from their garden and carvs it into the shape of a human baby. When the root baby was presented to Bozena” read more

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