Menzel’s feature debut was enormously popular in Czechoslovakia and won him the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Audaciously linking sexual desire with the struggle for freedom during the German Occupation, the story follows Milos, a teenage railway trainee learning the ropes in a small train station in the country. Emulating the lessons of an older, womanizing guard, Milos is more motivated by the possibilities of love than the call of the resistance. Menzel’s touchingly beautiful coming-of-age film is at once a celebration of life’s everyday dreams and longing and a mindful meditation on the cataclysm of war.
Genres: New Wave
Other Films by Jiří Menzel
In this clever combination of comedy and drama, opera and cinema, a small-town opera company decides to put on Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” providing a story about the world of opera unmasked, love and disillusion, music and passion, and most of all about the people caught in between.