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675 Ratings

Little Otik


Directed by Jan Švankmajer
United Kingdom, Japan, 2000
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it into the shape of a child. The woman takes the root as her baby and comes to life; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child.

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Little Otik Directed by Jan Švankmajer

Critics reviews

With its more traditionally constructed narrative and “normal” dialogue, Švankmajer considers Little Otik as the most conventional of his films. (22) However, what is striking about Little Otik is its configuration as a hybrid, “mutant” text, as itself a kind of alchemical stew mixing together a heterogeneous combination of ingredients.
July 11, 2014
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