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1938, a small village in Sudetenland. The saw mill owner Habermann is the biggest employer in his village and married to Jana, a young and beautiful Czech woman, who is half Jewish. Although Habermann is not interested in politics or ideology, he and his family will be steamrolled by the insanity of World War II... -- (C) Official site

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  • More soap opera than high drama, the film is confused and confusing, and tedious to boot.

    Aug 8, 2011

    John Anderson

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  • As directed by the Czech veteran Juraj Herz in prestige-television style, the bulk of the film is a classically proportioned and tasteful wartime soap opera.

    Aug 4, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Compensates for its under-occupation familiarity with poignant performances, confident direction and an impressively sober sense of how the era's tragedy kept expanding exponentially.

    Aug 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Time Out
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  • A World War II melodrama with a hook, Habermann does a credible job of personalizing a period of the war largely unknown outside the Czech Republic.

    Aug 2, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A portrait of a town that never feels completely real, devoid of normality or everyday activity, a depiction which undercuts the eventual emotional escalation.

    Aug 1, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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