Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) (2006)
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.
Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) Photos
as Marcela Cmolikova
as Zdena Hrstkova
as Jarda Cmolik
as Liba Cmolikova
as Evzen Benes
as Richard Hrstka
as Kuba Cmolik
as Lucina Cmolikova
Critic Reviews for Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble)
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.
Beauty in Trouble uses another kind of catastrophe to reveal the true nature of its central characters.
Impressive for its mastery, intelligence, and ambition in juggling intricate plot strands and memorable characters.
This is the kind of film that achieves one simple but difficult thing: It pleases you.
Comedy and chemistry make for an intoxicating mix in this acerbic, knowing character study from Czech director Jan Hrebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky.
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.
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.
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.
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