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6 Ratings

Nikdy nejsme sami

Directed by Petr Václav
Czech Republic, 2015


A paranoid prison guard moves into a village flanked by a state motorway. He befriends his new neighbour, an unemployed hypochondriac supported by his wife, working in the local grocery.

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Nikdy nejsme sami Directed by Petr Václav

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Reader Jury of the Tagesspiegel

Cairo International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Artistic Contribution

As artistically and emotionally vacant as The Other Land was, the worst film I saw in Cairo also happened to be my first screening, Petr Václav’s agonizing We Are Never Alone. If you aren’t able to sense trouble from the series of screaming matches that make up the film’s opening minutes, the long scene of a hypochondriac father (played by Karl Roden) inspecting his own feces for abnormalities, in close-up, might well drive the point home.
December 11, 2016
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The narrative design is meant to present a social cross-section, but it’s impossible to accept such a world of 100% unhappy individuals—including, crucially, several kids (one of whom attempts to hang himself). This sort of stacked deck is misery-making enough; a noirish third act seems inevitable, with the shitty lives of every male on screen (except one) getting only shittier.
September 06, 2016
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Employing a fractured narrative and images that occasionally switch from black-and-white to color for no particular reason, this often grotesque, sometimes blackly comic tale follows the interconnected lives of some not particularly likable people struggling to survive in a small provincial outpost.
March 01, 2016
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