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  • Summary: Based on a true story, this film is set in a small Czech town occupied by German forces during the last years of the Second World War. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
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  1. The tonal elegance of this black comedy set in a dark time -- is boldly dependent on performances that tug at taut lines of moral complexity.
  2. Not only is the film that good, it's also that wonderfully, inescapably Czech.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    The film's triumph - and it is a triumph - in the end rests on the ability of Hrebejk and his actors to convince us that they never stop being normal people.
  4. Has the literary richness, depth of character and tone that such a morally difficult, powerful narrative requires.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Peranson
    70
    An amiable black comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    Confronts an incendiary topic head-on with grace, style, compassion and exquisitely practical wit.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    None of this is funny, the surreal touches are ridiculous and the final fantasy sequence, in which the nameless ghosts of the murdered Wiener family smile on Josef, is simply nauseating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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