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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. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. 80
    This vivid exploration of the human animal creates a romantic alchemy that's raw, unsettling, and touching.
  2. It has a familiar, lived-in feel, and if its observations of rural life at a time of political turmoil don't feel terribly original, they are nonetheless absorbing and sometimes powerful.
  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. The tension with which the picture starts soon dissipates, the contrast between Eliska's background and her present place is lost, and the film plods into a tale of village life, spiced only occasionally with a hint of German threat.
  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
    This is just humble, heartwarming storytelling with good acting and lush visuals.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ng
    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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