Small Town

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Not exactly overflowing with the milk of human kindness, this arch mock-documentary takes a fumigator not just to Czech post-communist provincial politics, but to slipstream life generally. Indeed, the funniest scene is the first, set before the Velvet Revolution, in which a visiting Communist Party dignitary is lavished with booze until he's slurring a new manifesto: 'Crotches of the world unite!' Democracy is heralded by a shot of a drunk tramp wending her way down the street, and soon the Independent Eroticists are cleaning up at the local polls, if not in office. A chronicle of petty scams, profligacy, lechery and failure, it hasn't been a favourite with the Czechs, but there's a dry affection in its eye for the grotesque. More problematic is how it eventually runs out of steam and ends up turning in circles.

By: NB

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jan Kraus
Screenwriter: Jan Kraus
Cast: Vlastimil Brabec
Otmar Bracuzsky
Rostislav Novak
Nada Wojtylov√°
Martin Ucik
Norbert Lichy
Petr Krivacek