Seclusion Near a Forest

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Menzel was still treading very warily after five years in the political doghouse. Skilfully avoiding any sort of dangerous involvements or interpretations, this is a featherweight comedy about the rural hazards encountered by a city family when they rent a summer cottage with a view to permanence. Not least of their problems, especially since they want to start renovations in a hurry, is the obstinate presence of the ancient peasant owner, who has changed his mind about selling up and going to live with his family. There's not a lot to it, but with exquisite camerawork casting a shimmering summery haze over his characteristically delicate blend of tenderness and humour in observing human foibles, Menzel transforms the film into a magical invocation of a lost, simpler and more leisurely world.


Release details

97 mins

Cast and crew

Jirí Menzel
Zdenek Sverák, Ladislav Smoljak
Josef Kemr
Zdenek Sverák
Dana Kolárová
Ladislav Smoljak
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