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Zelary (2004)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 14

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


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 5

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



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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.


Art House & International, Drama

Petr Jarchovsky

Feb 8, 2005

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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (14) | DVD (7)

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

December 2, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Sometimes transcends its predictability. But at two and a half hours, 'sometimes' isn't really often enough.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Humble, heartwarming storytelling with good acting and lush visuals.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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See it as a war romance, and you'll like it.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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...may seem long and solemn to those used to the pacy rhythms of Hollywood films, but the sense of ennui it occasionally evokes strengthens its grip

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Here's a film that manages to tell its tale without pandering, without cheap melodrama, without gimmicks and without big-name stars. Instead, it simply develops its characters and lets the drama unfold naturally.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

When it should be building toward something stirring, Zelary instead meanders like the sheep grazing on the nearby hillsides.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

[E]schews... sentimentality, but we've seen this story too many times before...

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Offers a wide span of emotions and experiences.

November 29, 2004
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A detailed tale well told.

November 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Well-acted, well-made and moderately involving.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

It is a film of deep feeling, survival and sacrifice that's well acted and brought to the screen with style.

November 12, 2004

Long but frequently enticing.

November 11, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wallows in pretense it doesn't earn, and squanders a potentially wrenching premise by spending too much time dressing the story up in unnecessary detail.

November 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

By the time it's over you find yourself wondering why more films don't have the chutzpah to delve deeper into the battle-weary heart.

November 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Despite the introduction of a few other conflicted characters and good performances all around, Zelary fails to command attention.

November 6, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It has too many subplots and irrelevant characters, yet it provides barely any back story or explanation.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

It captures a time and a place and a people with a convincing, accumulating force that proves extremely moving.

November 5, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Zelary opens with energetic, suspenseful scenes inside the Nazi resistance in Prague, but when a resistance spy named Hana has to go into hiding in the tiny village of Zelary, everything slows to a crawl.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

In a gorgeous bit of irony, death is kept in the background until AFTER the war.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

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.
March 5, 2010
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