Czech Republic, 2012, 78 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Romance, Sex
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Czech English Sub-Titles
There is little that is actually “holy” – save for, perhaps, the genuine love felt by the lead characters for each other – in Jan Hrebejk’s light-hearted couples-swap comedy. Taking a classic sex-farce premise, injecting it with a dose of wry Czech humor and throwing in a completely nonjudgmental attitude towards the sexual shenanigans on display, Hrebejk’s tale is as sunny – with a few cloudy periods – as the tropical paradise in which it is partially set.
Middle-aged couples Vitek (Jirí Langmajer) and Marie (Marika Prochazkova), and Ondra (Hynek Cermak) and Dita (Viktorie Cermakova) are best friends whose marriages have grown stale on the sexual front. Cue a trip to an island resort where the group decides that a foursome is the way to spice things up. The rule? No falling in love, which, of course, is easier said than done… Filled with sly insights into the ups and downs of coupledom and a refreshing acceptance of the foibles of naked middle-aged bodies, this is a charming sex comedy for the 21st century.
DIRECTOR: Jan Hrebejk
Producer: Rudolf Biermann
Editor: Vladimír Barák
Screenwriter: Michal Viewegh
Cinematographer: Martin Sácha
Music: Ondrej Galuska, Ondrej Kopicka
Principal Cast: Jirí Langmajer, Hynek Cermak, Marika Prochazkova, Viktorie Cermakova, Ludek Munzar
Filmography: Shameless (2008), I'm All Good (2008), Beauty in Trouble (2006), Up and Down (2004), Pupendo (2003), Divided We Fall (2000), You Do Nothing Because You've Got No Good Reason (1991)
Print Source: Strand Releasing - www.strandreleasing.com