Kawasakiho ruze (Kawasaki's Rose) (2010)
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A drama about family and politics, the role of memory in relationships, and that of jealousy, arrogance, love, loyalty and betrayal. Pavel, a distinguished psychiatrist is about to receive an award for his life's work and his role as a dissident; his handsome wife and adoring grown daughter are pleased the honor is coming his way. But Ludek, his son-in-law, employed on a documentary crew filming Pavel, resents that his own family, rooted in Czechoslovakia's Communist past, ended up on the wrong
Nov 24, 2010 Limited
Menemsha Films - Official Site
Pavel Lucie's Father
Ludek Lucie's Husban...
Borek an artist
Radka a TV reporter
Kafka an ex-secret p...
Bara Lucie's daughte...
Kristian a televisio...
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This intricate, powerful, unsettling film brings us into a world of profound moral complexities where facile judgments must be suspended because even the best people can become complicit in evil.
The point of this thoughtful, moving film is that the motives and actions that define human ethics are never simple and that the Communist regime was especially adept at exploiting this complexity for its own ends.
History is written by the winners, but even after the ink dries, everyone-including the losers-still has to live with it.
A film that recognizes life as a tumultuous mess of both noble and base intensions and actions, as well as one that understands the thorny tragedies such chaos often leaves in its wake.
I haven't seen so much information so lazily and clunkily delivered since the finale of the 2007 French film Tell No One. It doesn't matter if you've not seen it; just know that it should have really been called: Tell Everyone. Everything. Ever.
The first film to confront the ghosts of government collaboration in communist Czechoslovakia may be new for Czechs, but otherwise it's a familiar invocation of a problematically buried past.
Occasionally loses its focus and drags, but it nonetheless remains compelling, provocative and, for the most part, emotionally resonating thanks to raw performances and a delicately woven, character-driven screenplay.
Rose cleverly uses its contemporary fictional narrative to depict documentary filmmaking's process of revealing truth.
Kawasaki's Rose is at least two films in one compact film-a domestic drama and a Cold War conundrum, the latter more fluid than the former.
The problem with Kawasaki's Rose is that the theme is far more compelling than the movie.
A meticulous, bittersweet Czech drama about the importance of memory and the need for forgiveness.
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