Czech movies are by far some of the best you will ever see. They are also the worst endings you will ever see, but don’t let that stop you from seeing them. The people are beautiful, the stories are tragic, the language is confusing, and many of these films show lots of boobies.
The Fireman’s Ball – Hands down the best Czech movie ever created (in my opinion). Directed and co-written by Milos Foreman (Hair, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Man on the Moon). The movie was banned from Czechoslovakia at the time because it appeared to have a Socialist agenda to it. Foreman said he just wrote how people naturally are. The beauty contest scene is hilarious! The ending is one of the better ones.
Closely Watched Trains – Another great film produced back in the 60s. This was the era after German occupation and before Russian occupation. These poor people were pwned so many times. Anyways, it’s about a guy who works at a train station that’s too old to be a virgin (in their country, that’s like 18 or something) so he looks for a girl, gets involved in some pretty funny situations, and the ending sucks. Super movie though.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders – I’ll just let another site say this for you all: “Part gothic horror film, part children’s story, part soft porn, part political allegory, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is one of the most famous horror films that Czechoslovakia has produced.”
Little Otik – My husband told me that when children are bad their parents talk to them about Oticanek. It’s about a childless farming couple, and the wife wants a baby really bad and her husband feels terrible that they can’t produce children together. So he finds a stump that looks just like a baby and gives it to her as a present… and one day.. the stump comes alive. After that it gets freaky. Super movie, I couldn’t watch it to the end because a walking stump that cried like a baby spooked me.
Kolya – This won an Oscar for the Best Foreign Film and rightly so. Beautiful story about a confirmed bachelor who has the unfortunate task of taking care a little boy for a period of time. Set during the revolution, you can see what it’s like to live in Communist Czech and then what it was like during the Velvet Revolution. I can’t recommend this enough.
Autumn Spring – An old man is dying but refuses to accept his age or his state of health. All he does is play pranks on people (less geriatric Jackass and more like Candid Camera stuff, without cameras) and get into trouble. You’ll fall in love with him and his friend. One of the better Czech endings.
Zelary – WWII movie about a married woman who’s husband is captured and she has to flee the country and seek shelter in a remote part of Czech (not hard to find, lots of remote places there) and she ends up living in a village with a bachelor and has to play the role of his wife. Great story.. but sadly, I don’t remember the ending.
Alice – I haven’t seen it but it shows the animation genius of Jan Svankmajer (kind of like The Brothers Quay)
Divided We Fall – Story about a couple who hides a Jew in their home. Some funny moments, some moving moments, and worth every minute of it.
So why would I warn you about Czech endings? It’s not because I want to spoil the surprise for you, but it’s me warning you. I’ve spoken about it in the past about these movie endings and how Czechs see art as imitating life, so to them.. life is hard and it can end not the way you want it to.
I’m an American, give me instant gratification and happy endings. However, I love the old culture that I married into and I respect it because the beauty of those people run through the blood of our daughter. But I still curse Hubby out at the ending of a Czech movie, “WHY DID I WATCH THIS?!”