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Empties (Vratné lahve)

Empties (Vratné lahve) (2007)

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The long-anticipated seriocomedy Empties constitutes director Jan Sverak's third installment in his trilogy on aging that commenced with The Elementary School (1991) and continued with the beloved Kolya (1996). The filmmaker's father, Zdenak Sverak, stars as Josef Tkaloun, a curmudgeonly middle-aged lit teacher who grows exhausted from instructing his demanding, occasionally obnoxious students, and opts to take a hike - into an early retirement. Though his wife, Eliska (Daniela Kolarova) (to

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Zdenek Sverák

Oct 6, 2009

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In Empties, father-son Czech collaborators in the Oscar-winning Kolya focus on how poorly a cantankerous high school teacher adapts to what amounts to forced retirement.

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Sverak's work anchors a cast that delivers a series of delicately executed performances as the actors bring to life a great range of lightly comic characters.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Under Sverak's shrewdly unforced direction, other thesps are natural and appealing.

July 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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[An] affecting Czech sort-of-romantic comedy.

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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For Vratné lahve (Empties), the Czech father and son duo Zdenek and Jan Sverák only slightly rework the recipe for their Oscar-winning film Kolya.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: european-films.net
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Audience Reviews for Empties (Vratné lahve)

Beautiful little film. You can see some of the magic of Kolya has been replicated here. I think there is a part of me in Zdenak Sverak's character...without the age of course.
January 4, 2010
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