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Aug 19, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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The Return of the Idiot (Návrat idiota) dir. Saša Gedeon, 1999, 93 min., subtitles, starring Pavel Liška, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Anna Geislerová and Jiří Langmajer, Czech Center, 8 pm.


Inspired by the Dostoyevsky novel, Saša Gedeon's warmly funny romance follows František, a complete innocent, just released from an institution. He returns to his only known relatives who are too involved in their own problems to really notice him. As we meet more characters the story drops revelations galore about the intricate relationships between them: siblings, parents, lovers. The story's farcical structure belies its insight. Gedeon cleverly plays against expectations (our own and the characters') with surreal and poignant imagery that combines perspective and dreams along with a haunting, repetitive piano score. The Return of the Idiot was nominated for the Academy Award as the Best Foreign Movie. In addition the film was awarded 5 Czech Lions and was nominated for the 1999 European Film Award for the best script.


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Aug 19, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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