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Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) (2006)

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Critic Consensus: A complex, affecting multi-character drama, Beauty in Trouble also works as social history and as a tale of familial trials and tribulations.

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Pupendo and Up and Down director Jan Hrebejk thoughtfully ponders the effect of contemporary events on traditional Czech culture with this engrossing tale of the unlikely romance shared between a desperate young mother and a kindly, but much older, Czech expatriate. Effectively rendered destitute by the floods that washed through Prague in 2002, struggling young father and husband Jarda (Roman Luknar) eventually resorts to stripping stolen cars as a means of supporting his impoverished family. Jarda's wife Marcela (Anna Geislerová) is having difficulty accepting her husband's nefarious new career, though, and before long she is packing her bags and rounding up the kids to seek shelter with her mother. Life at her mother's house isn't easy thanks to the constant presence of her mean-spirited stepfather Richard (Jiri Schmitzer), but it simply seems as if there is no place left to go and Marcela's options have run dry. Meanwhile, aging Czech émigré Benes (Josef Abrhám) is traveling to Prague from his home in Tuscany in order to reclaim a house that was previously seized by the communists. When Benes and Marcela meet in a chance encounter and the benevolent older man clearly takes a liking to the beautiful young woman, the prospect of securing a stable future for her young children soon prompts the confused Marcela to consider leaving her beloved husband behind in order to make a permanent home with the elegant but elderly foreigner.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Menemsha

Cast

Anna Geislerová
as Marcela Cmolikova
Jana Brejchova
as Zdena Hrstkova
Roman Luknar
as Jarda Cmolik
Emília Vásáryová
as Liba Cmolikova
Josef Abrhám
as Evzen Benes
Jiri Schmitzer
as Richard Hrstka
Jan Hrusinsky
as Havlik
Jiri Machacek
as Patocka
Jaromira Milova
as Havlikova
Adam Misík
as Kuba Cmolik
Michaela Mrvíková
as Lucina Cmolikova
Raduza
as Singer
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Critic Reviews for Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble)

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (19)

While this seems like familiar territory, in the hands of director Jan Hrebejk and his longtime screenwriting partner, Petr Jarchovský, it's an engrossing, layered story of the ill-fitting choices and compromises everyone makes.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Beauty in Trouble uses another kind of catastrophe to reveal the true nature of its central characters.

March 12, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Impressive for its mastery, intelligence, and ambition in juggling intricate plot strands and memorable characters.

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is the kind of film that achieves one simple but difficult thing: It pleases you.

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Comedy and chemistry make for an intoxicating mix in this acerbic, knowing character study from Czech director Jan Hrebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky.

October 18, 2008
Newsday
Top Critic

Deeply affecting and darkly amusing.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble)

Evocative. The storyline may be simple, but the characters are not, and through the movie we meet many who leave much food for thought.

Indu Nair
Indu Nair
½

It is full of unexpected twists, humour and amazing performances culminating in a surprising and paradox ending. Rounding out this excellent cast is Emília Vasaryova as Jarda's mentally fragile mother who gives any money she gets to the local religious charlatan. There is a lot going on here for a small film and it's good story with a great script and a lot of comic relief. The leastest character is Richard (played by Jiri Schmitzer) because he is a real horror show. He borders on being a child abuser to the kids. He's obsessive about cleanliness, but ungraciously farts at the table, all the while demanding manners and decorum from the kids. He's real low class socially handicapped wretch.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

The trailer was set to the Falling Slowly song from Once, which gave it a sweet somber tone, but based on the trailer I expected the film to be funnier and sexier. I didn't find it very humorous, and while Anna as Marcela was attractive and seductive, the film wasn't so much about her sex life. She has to take care of her two kids, she has to deal with being a guest in her mother's and father-in-law's house when her husband goes to jail, she has to cope with her husband's mother trying to convince her not to get a divorce, and she has to figure out if she should accept the advances of an older man who is quite well off. Sure there are a few funny moments, but overall it is very serious material. The movie is slowly paced and contains natural performances from all involved. The love triangle is left open ended and so that probably explains why it has not caught on so much with American audiences who generally want neatly wrapped up closure.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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