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.
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