It’s a coming of age tale that ultimately reaches a conclusion that is a encompassing symbol for boys who came of age in the battles of World War II. Fighting, rather standing by ready, as the generals and commanders determine the direction the world takes. Caught in the crossfire and barely even knowing it as the world moves around them. There are more important things on the mind of an adolescent boy
Ridiculous farce full of dirty humor and hilarious official ineptitude set during WWII. Typical communist glorification of the war is trounced upon in this free flowing new wave depiction of how humor and human foibles continue even in war. Very likely the funniest WWII film.
Coming soon to a theatre near you, the story of a young man's propensity for ejaculatio praecox.. Flippancy aside, this Oscar-winning charmer from the heyday of the Czech New Wave is touching and sentimental but with a real sting in the tail to remind us of the seriousness of its setting, a sleepy little backwater village under Nazi occupation. A wonderfully funny celebration of frustration, eroticism and adventure..
More of a 3 1/2 than a 3 star rating, I found that this seminal piece of Czech New Wave has an astoundingly strong first act and fairly weak third. It has moments of greatness and certainly piqued my interest in this particular wave of Euro Cinema. I would say it's worth checking out. It's a great coming of age film.