mandatory viewing for the new breed of commie revisionists: a film about the innocent beginnings of communist utopia - murder, fraud, theft, promotion of illiteracy, "healthy roots" segregation, blackmail, forced collectivization, "class enemy" paranoia - all packaged in a soft, meandering, almost casual portrayal that unfolds lavishly, non-ideologic in its depiction of whole chunks of life. Ideology is present in a
A scathing traumatic comedy cut from the blade of a sickle. A portrait of imploding community repression in the face of communism, polk-a-dotted with the most touching vignettes of community love and splendor. Hilarious at times, but no laughing matter. A diamond clearly cut from Czech New Wave, if it isn't categorized as such. Brilliant landscapes with snow and plow and animals mirrored my memory of Huszárik's best.