Zelary (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Zelary (2004)



Critic Consensus: Zelary is a satisfyingly old-fashioned romance with an epic sweep.

Movie Info

A man form a rural mountain area is brought to the hospital with serious injuries and desperately needs a transfusion. Eliska is the only one with the same blood type. Her blood saves his life, and a connection is formed between the two of them that becomes an extraordinarily strong relationship.more
Rating: R (for violence and some sexual content)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Petr Jarchovský
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Zelary

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (24)

The story is as basic as a peasant meal -- and just as hearty.

December 2, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Sometimes transcends its predictability. But at two and a half hours, 'sometimes' isn't really often enough.

Full Review… | November 19, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Humble, heartwarming storytelling with good acting and lush visuals.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

See it as a war romance, and you'll like it.

Full Review… | October 22, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Trojan's direction is capable, and Asen Sopov's dark-hued cinematography is even better than that. The only thing missing is an appreciation for drama that does more than deliver the expected.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

[Resembles] something like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Zelary


From the Czech Republic came Zelary a masterful war drama showing heart-breaking scenes, no wonder it was nominated for best Foreign Language movie in 2004.The story was about a young medical student Eliska, who was a member of the Czech resistance during WWII. When the Gestapo captured one of her friends, she must hide and went with Joza to the mountains, a man she saved his life by giving him a blood transfusion. As part of her new identity, she must marry Joza, to be accepted in the village.The story showed her adaptation in this beautiful mountain village, and her growing attachment and love she felt for Joza..Zelary showed beautiful cinematography, marvelous music and excellent directing and great acting of Czech actors.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

Foreign, Czech. Great movie! Beautiful sets, beautiful scenery, great acting, quality film and an excellent story. About a lady doctor hiding from the Nazi's during WWII in the hillsides of the Czech Republic. An excellent film and I highly recommend it!

William Winningham

Well done film that reminded me a lot of the movie "Sweet Land" and the french film "Strayed".

The lead actress reminded me of a red headed Gweneth Paltrow. :-)

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