The little mermaid rescues a prince from drowning and falls in love with him. To be with him, she makes a deal with the evil sorceress: her beautiful voice against a life on land. It seems to work at first, the prince is enchanted with her lovely appearance. But the memory of a foreign princess still haunts him: The one who found him on the beach where the mermaid had left him, and whom he (of course) believes to be his saviour. To resolve this mistake is too much for the mute little mermaid, and not even her father, king of all seas, can help her in the impending catastrophe. —IMDb
Distinguished Czechoslovakian filmmaker Karel Kachyna is best known for his psychological dramas that take piercing looks into the lives of children and young teens. Born in Vyskov, Czechoslovakia, Kachyna was among the first to graduate from Prague’s film school FAMU, where he initially studied cinematography. During the early ‘50s, Kachyna collaborated on short and feature-length documentaries with former classmate Vojtech Jasný. The two collaborated on their fictional feature-film debut Dnes Vecer Vsechno Skonci/Everything Ends Tonight in 1954, but then went their separate ways. In 1956, Kachyna made his first solo film but did not make much impact until the early ’60s, when he began collaborating with scenarist Jan Prochazka. Together the two made films that strained the boundaries of government-imposed strictures and subtly criticized the Communist Party. Favorite themes include war, the revolution, and psychological analysis of certain types of behavior. Kachyna and Prochazka’s… read more
Very surreal and dark. The best version I've seen though Rusalochka comes close. Great visuals and soundtrack. It shows that mermaids are terrible people, worse than dolphins. http://youtu.be/U7oXVdkl-SY It's on Youtube.
Before I watched it, I thought it was going to be another generic retelling of The Little Mermaid, but I was pleasantly surprised. This film is simply enchanting, with a beautiful score, and a great performance by Miroslava Safránková. There is more focus on the character of the Little Mermaid, and it is not simply a love story.