Zelary

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66

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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set in the 1940s in the Czech lands occupied by the Nazis, Zelary tells the story of a clash between two different worlds and two different people. It is the story of an extraordinary relationship, of fear, misgivings, suspicion and especially of the love that forms out of antagonism. (SonySet in the 1940s in the Czech lands occupied by the Nazis, Zelary tells the story of a clash between two different worlds and two different people. It is the story of an extraordinary relationship, of fear, misgivings, suspicion and especially of the love that forms out of antagonism. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    80
    Managing to be at once epic and intimate, Zelary matches a resilient urban woman against a compassionate rural man in the spectacular Moravian countryside during World War II. Results rep a triumph of regional filmmaking, but in the David Lean tradition.
  2. It's a convincing romantic drama, written, directed and acted with so much skill it's able to break loose from its conventional moorings and become more effective, more moving than we anticipated.
  3. 78
    By the time it's over you find yourself wondering why more films don't have the chutzpah to delve deeper into the battle-weary heart.
  4. For fans of old-fashioned European filmmaking, this may have its pleasing qualities.
  5. The story feels a bit more episodic as it proceeds, but for most of the two-hour running time it flows at an earthbound tempo, thanks to Trojan's assured, unobtrusive direction.
  6. 63
    As a war drama, Zelary is as gentle and pastoral as its setting. At times, you think it's a new chapter in "The Sound of Music."
  7. Reviewed by: David Ng
    40
    Zelary strands its protagonists in a hermetically sealed world where time runs in place. It's a feeling that viewers of this two-and-a-half-hour epic will come to know all too well.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. EdeltrudL.
    Mar 25, 2006
    10
    moving, heartwarming, excellent acting.
  2. ErnstS.
    Aug 28, 2005
    9
    Beautifully set in gorgeous Czech (actually Slovak) mountains, it helps one understand the violent WWII history that underlies the "Velvet Beautifully set in gorgeous Czech (actually Slovak) mountains, it helps one understand the violent WWII history that underlies the "Velvet Revolution" and continues as part of Europe's far less simplistic (than the US's) attitude toward the tensions, antagonisms and ironic twists of fate brought on by war. The sense of place and the potentialities of human grace are overwhelming. Expand
  3. AmurabiM.
    Jan 24, 2006
    5
    beautifully crafted, shot in gorgeous tones and with a pace that feels... sloooooow. zelary is just an exercise of intensive patience; beautifully crafted, shot in gorgeous tones and with a pace that feels... sloooooow. zelary is just an exercise of intensive patience; beautifully tedious and boring. ¿is this a naturalistic story? ¿where´s the dramatic? it´s not a historic melodrama, nor an epic romance either. It´s just a complicated film that it feels like a novel, but not a good film. Expand

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