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Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble)

Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) (2006)

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86

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 6

A complex, affecting multi-character drama, Beauty in Trouble also works as social history and as a tale of familial trials and tribulations.

90

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 2

A complex, affecting multi-character drama, Beauty in Trouble also works as social history and as a tale of familial trials and tribulations.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 640

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Pupendo and Up and Down director Jan Hrebejk thoughtfully ponders the effect of contemporary events on traditional Czech culture with this engrossing tale of the unlikely romance shared between a desperate young mother and a kindly, but much older, Czech expatriate. Effectively rendered destitute by the floods that washed through Prague in 2002, struggling young father and husband Jarda (Roman Luknar) eventually resorts to stripping stolen cars as a means of supporting his impoverished family.

Unrated,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Petr Jarchovsky

Oct 6, 2009

Menemsha

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (6) | DVD (3)

While this seems like familiar territory, in the hands of director Jan Hrebejk and his longtime screenwriting partner, Petr Jarchovský, it's an engrossing, layered story of the ill-fitting choices and compromises everyone makes.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Beauty in Trouble uses another kind of catastrophe to reveal the true nature of its central characters.

March 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Impressive for its mastery, intelligence, and ambition in juggling intricate plot strands and memorable characters.

December 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This is the kind of film that achieves one simple but difficult thing: It pleases you.

December 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Comedy and chemistry make for an intoxicating mix in this acerbic, knowing character study from Czech director Jan Hrebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Deeply affecting and darkly amusing.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Offers an uncanny soap opera story that turns weird.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The movie begins with a flood that threatens Prague literally; it ends with a flood of emotions that threaten to undermine a potentially happy relationship.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

All the characters in Petr Jarchovsky's screenplay are drawn in shades of gray. The result isn't so much a morality play as an amorality play.

April 10, 2009
Kansas City Star

Excellent ensemble dramedy, which avoids mawkishness while keeping its characters complex and treating even the least likable of them with a welcome degree of empathy.

April 4, 2009 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The filmmakers seem more interested in running the camera over Marcela's body than really figuring out who she is.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Petr Jarchovsý's script is elliptical, building the story through a succession of small scenes whose import is not always immediately obvious.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

[A] well-observed tale, one with no heroes or villains, just people trying to make something of the situations in which they find themselves.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

For a class-conscious farce that's at least serious enough to borrow its title from Robert Graves, it's impressively unaffected and utterly watchable.

December 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Characters burst out laughing in the middle of sadness or decide to have sex in the middle of a fight, and somehow, it all makes sense.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's enthralling, human drama of the kind that's become sort of an old school pleasure.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Featuring an earthy performance of strength, intelligence and vulnerability by Ana Geislerova, Hrebejkâ(TM)s film generates powerful interest and empathy, thanks to the plight of its central character.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A love story that holds out happiness as a carrot dangled but never obtained. Too busy, but still lush with the loving work of director Jan Hrebejk.

July 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Audience Reviews for Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble)

It is full of unexpected twists, humour and amazing performances culminating in a surprising and paradox ending.
Rounding out this excellent cast is Emília Vasaryova as Jarda's mentally fragile mother who gives any money she gets to the local religious charlatan. There is a lot going on here for a small film and it's good story with a great script and a lot of comic relief.
The leastest character is Richard (played by Jiri Schmitzer) because he is a real horror show. He borders on being a child abuser to the kids. He's obsessive about cleanliness, but ungraciously farts at the table, all the while demanding manners and decorum from the kids. He's real low class socially handicapped wretch.
June 28, 2010
deano
Dean McKenna

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The trailer was set to the Falling Slowly song from Once, which gave it a sweet somber tone, but based on the trailer I expected the film to be funnier and sexier. I didn't find it very humorous, and while Anna as Marcela was attractive and seductive, the film wasn't so much about her sex life. She has to take care of her two kids, she has to deal with being a guest in her mother's and father-in-law's house when her husband goes to jail, she has to cope with her husband's mother trying to convince her not to get a divorce, and she has to figure out if she should accept the advances of an older man who is quite well off. Sure there are a few funny moments, but overall it is very serious material. The movie is slowly paced and contains natural performances from all involved. The love triangle is left open ended and so that probably explains why it has not caught on so much with American audiences who generally want neatly wrapped up closure.
May 22, 2009
hypathio7

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Beauty in Trouble," Marcela(Anna Geislerova) moves out of her home, taking her two children, Kuba(Adam Misik) and Lucina(Michaela Mrvikova), to live with her mother(Jana Brejchova), and her husband, Risa(Jiri Schmitzer), in their small apartment. Marcela's husband, Jarda(Roman Luknar), is involved in stripping stolen cars, at least since a devastating flood wrecked their home. One day one of Jarda's associates steals the wrong car(one with a satellite tracking system), belonging to Evzen(Josef Abrham), a wealthy man who spends most of his time in Tuscany. As Jarda heads to prison, Evzen starts taking an interest in Marcela...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Populated by more than its share of its bad marriages, "Beauty in Trouble" is an intriguing movie about the class structure in post-Communist Czech Republic. Evzen is kind, simply because he can afford to be, a luxury none of the other characters can attest to. For example, he was out of the country when the floods hit, which Marcela's family suffered through and which may have forced Jarda into an illegal activity. Instead of being open towards his family, Risa is remarkably hostile towards their presence. Look, I am the last person to complain about manners but still...Regardless of how little we may have to share, family is family, right?[/font]
June 22, 2008
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Walter M.

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