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EMPTIES (M)

Czech Republic / UK, 2007 (MIFF 2008, International Panorama)

Director: Jan Sveråk

“Empties is charming, funny, bittersweet, funny, romantic and ultimately, you guessed it, very funny.” - Toronto International Film Festival

Oscar-winning filmmaker Jan Sverák (Kolya) once again teams up with his father, Zdenek Sverák, who wrote and also leads the cast of this comedy about a man who faces life after retirement. This heart-warming production poses a compelling central question: are you ‘done' once you retire?

Josef, a high school literature teacher, one day realises that he no longer enjoys teaching and promptly quits. After attempts at various occupations, Josef suddenly recognises his strength through a part-time position at the bottle return counter at the supermarket. Always a meddler, Josef's gentle involvement in other people's lives soon leads to complications and some dramatic solutions.


D Jan Sverák P Jan Sverák, Eric Abraham S Zdanûk Sverák Dist Icon L Czech w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/100mins

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