Záhrada (The Garden) (1995)
The miraculous adventures of Jakub are chronicled in this gently eccentric Slovak comedy. The story is laid out like a novel with title cards naming each chapter. It all begins after the libidinous Jakub is booted out of his home by his father after he is caught making love to another man's wife. He is banished to his grandfather's garden and given explicit orders to sell it. Jakub stumbles across his grandfather's journal which is written with backwards script. He holds a mirror to it and finds a map leading him to a old bottle of wine that had been hidden years ago. Now the curious Jakub must solve the mysteries of his grandfather's land. He goes to the garden and finds Helena, a young girl dubbed the Virgin Miraculous in the title cards. Jakub's grandfather taught her to write backwards, much to the chagrin of her abusive mother who considers Helena's writing as mere scribbling. Strange things happen in the garden, and some of them do indeed seem like miracles. Amid the strange events, Helena teaches Jakub to appreciate the delicate mysteries of life. … More
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