Autumn Spring (Babi Leto)


(out of 5)

Deeply heartfelt comedy about a retired actor who spends his days playing pranks with his best friend. They get into hot water when they pretend to be a millionaire classical music conductor and his assistant, looking to buy a mansion in the Czech countryside. The real estate agent who gets wise to their game demands a huge monetary compensation for his trouble, forcing our lovable hero to dip into his and his wife’s funeral funds, and then the lies he creates to cover this act drive him to an unforgivably desperate prank that inspires his wife to leave him. Lots of movies have been made examining characters in their twilight years, but this one has more palpable affection and wry comedy than most of them combined, and the performances are all superb.

BKP Film, Buc-Film, Ceská Televize

Czech Republic, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2002

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