Little Otik Reviews
The stick also turn out to be a huge challenge, not only for the parents, but also the rest of the block. Well acted and super characters makes it even more interesting. Weird and disturbing. Spooky and creative. Funny and adventure-like. This film is like no other, and very hard to describe. It's very far out, bizarre but beautiful.
It moves a bit slow and I really miss more of Svankmajers superb animations. While other films of his are more driven by animations, this is a lot more plot-driven. The plot is very cool but his fantastic ability to make objects move and morph is more rewardable for me.
I'm very glad I saw it. Not only for it's uniqueness but the ability to make a story like this so "natural". Still the production looks pretty poor. The colors are gray and dull and the pace makes it boring at times. It's a bit too long.
7.5 out of 10 pervy old men.
À ce moment-là, ce que je ne sais pas encore, c'est qu'au fond, Svankmajer ne s'est chargé que d'adapter sur écran une fable populaire de la République Tchèque. Et pourtant, même pas besoin de recherches sur le Net. Dès le milieu du film, on s'en aperçoit rapidement. On croise les doigts, on espère qu'on a tort et qu'au fond, Svankmajer n'a pas exploité une quelconque fable cliché. Pourtant, le doute devient certitude, et on ne peut s'empêcher de le regretter.
Car un film, c'est avant tout une idée. Et les adaptations sont rarement des idées. Du moins, dans le sens où je l'envisage.
Néanmoins, quel film, quelle réalisation, quelle fable sur les dangers et l'avarice de la maternité lorsque Dieu ne l'a pas autorisée.
I will never think of pregnancy the same way again.
I love to read childresn's tales, and I want to read this and other czech stories.
It's... Well... Umm... Like I said...Pinocchio on crack...
The Story: A man creates a wooden child as a light hearted joke to cheer up his wife when they find out that they can't conceive and have children of their own. The wife takes the child under her wing treating it as if it were a real child, even pretending to be pregnant so that she can have the child and take it out in public. Once the pregnancy is passed though, the wooden child, through some sort of miracle (or curse) comes to life. Things quickly turn bad when the childs appetite becomes too much to handle, and the child itself becomes to big to handle. It's got a strange super surreal sense of style to it, and a sick sense humor that's almost an acquired taste.
The Cast: Yeah... The thing is... I don't know any of them... This is a Czech film, so all the actors are Czech actors, and all the dialogue is of course Czech... Everyone seemed to play the parts pretty good. The subtitles though, were sometimes too much of a direct translation...So there's the cast for you... A lot of people who's names I can't pronounce let alone spell...
One to Five Scale: 4
It's a super surreal, interesting, and strange breed of fairy tale. I can't really figure out the moral of the story, and it's definitely an acquired taste... If you ever see it in the TV listings give it a try... Just be warned, it's straight out of left field, so if you don't like the strange and bizarre you won't like this one in the slightest.