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Happy End (Stastny konec) (1966)





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In this extremely strange Czech film, the grim story is told in reverse. The film literally runs backwards at the beginning as it depicts Mensik's severed head rolling back onto his body during a beheading. The protagonist is then seen walking back into a prison and out the front door. He then finds a suitcase on the sidewalk and brings it to his house. Opening the case, he begins taking out the body parts of a dead woman and reassembles them into the woman he fell in love with. He takes the woman to an oceanside resort where he begins thinking that she has been flirting with a man whom he drowns in the sea. He is unhappy, so Mensik unmarries the protesting girl with the aid of a priest. He next throws the woman into a building that is burning and goes off to find another lover. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Bohus Záhorský
as Father-In-Law
Stella Zázvorková
as Mother-In-Law
Josef Hlinomaz
as Policeman
Josef Abrhám
as Lothario
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a really fun film from the czech new wave that's told completely backward, beginning with our hero's execution! it may be the earliest film of it's type. the voiceover seeks to describe the 'backward' action to hilarious effect. the film is just over an hour long; any longer and it might have gotten stale but this length is quite manageable and the 'happy end'ing is delightful

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Genius, especially if you thought MEMENTO did it first. The film (a czech black and white crime melodrama) runs backwards, as does the dialog, a sentence at a time, and there's a dry narrative over the top which makes it even funnier. Did I say genius? Genius.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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