Autumn Spring (2003)
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Fanda (Vlastimil Brodský of Larks on a String), an elderly former actor, can't resist playing practical jokes on everyone around him. As Autumn Spring opens, Fanda and his best friend and co-conspirator, Eda (Stanislav Zindulka), have convinced a real estate agent that Fanda is a retired star from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. As they tour an opulent mansion, Fanda pronounces it "very shabby." Fanda doesn't mean any harm with his pranks. He's just trying to amuse himself. But his wife, Emílie (Stella Zázvorková) doesn't understand his childish behavior, and resents the way he squanders money and wastes his time while she scrimps and saves and makes preparations for their eventual burial. Their selfish son, Jára (Ondrej Vetchý), wants them to move out of their apartment so that his ex-wife and her kids can move in. When one victim of Fanda's pranks realizes he's been had and demands payment for his time and expenditures, Fanda calmly agrees. Unable to come up with the money, he dips into Emílie's funeral fund. When she finds out about it, she decides to take drastic action, which has a profound effect on Fanda's carefree existence. Autumn Spring was directed by Vladimír Michálek from a script by Jirí Hubac. It marks the final performance of renowned Czech actor Brodský, who committed suicide shortly after the film was made. Autumn Spring won several Czech Lion awards in 2001, and has been shown at festivals throughout the world, including the 2003 installment of New Directors/New Films. … More
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Critic Reviews for Autumn Spring
Worth a look for anyone in the mood for a story about an old man who lives by Dylan Thomas' advice about not going gently into the night.
Director Vladimir Michalek and writer Jiri Hubac deftly suggest the pathos of old age while avoiding the saccharine and the morbid.
A fantastic vehicle for three seasoned actors given the chance to play juicy roles at this stage of their lives.
Though the story line seems grim at times, it's always made lighter by Brodsky's gentle, often hilarious presence.
Audience Reviews for Autumn Spring
The story was beautiful and it had some funny moments in the movie. The main character was kind of annoying though. Also it can be very slow in the first half of it.
a great exploration of death and old age, with a light heart but not trying too hard. and I love cute old people.
Crazy Czech movie about old people. Sad and funny. That's really all. Be cultured and go rent it, it will make you laugh and cry, if nothing else.
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