The passion for high speed can nowadays almost be seen in the new-born. The film shows that such passion, if not controlled, is self-destructing and even suicidal. At least this is the way Trnka presents it in this satiric story.
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Trnka shares with Miyazaki a complicated relationship with modernity. The mature mind yearns for a return to a slowed-down closeness with nature, while the boyish spirit wants speed - Miyazaki in a plane, Trnka on a motorbike.
Late Trnka is so easeful and assured in its visual inventiveness. While 'Ruka' is clearly a masterpiece, part of me likes enjoying Trnka's late formal brilliance w/o the politics as here. Fun!