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Dum pro Dva

Czechoslovakia 1987
produced by
Filmové Studio Barrandov
directed by Milos Zábranský
starring Ondrej Vetchý, Jirí Schmitzer, Ivana Velichová, Jirina Trebická, Jaroslav Mares, Zdenka Sajfertova, Miloslav Marsálek, Jan Hrabeta, Jana Marková
written by Rudolf Ráz, music by Pavel Drazan, Jan Paukert

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Dan (Ondrej Vetchý) and Bóza (Jirí Schmitzer) are brothers - but even though they share the same room at their mother's place, they couldn't be more different: Bóza, the older of the two, is level-headed, rather serious, and also a bit on the boring side, while Dan is out-going, fun-loving, and a hit with the ladies, so much so that he occasionally even shags girls at his workplace. The two compete over everything, from the attention of their mother to the friendship of workmates (they both work at the same printing plant) to whatever else there is.

Then pretty young Magda (Ivana Velichová) starts working at the printing plant, and Bóza takes an instant liking in her, and she responds to him accordingly, and if he wasn't so buttoned up, they could even become a couple. However, when Dan notices the blossoming affair between his brother and Magda, he uses all of his charm to seduce her - and though she's reluctant at first, he eventually succeeds and impregnates her ...

Dan of course doesn't want to know anything about the baby, but Bóza still cares for Magda despite everything, and eventually they marry, and Bóza brings up his brother's baby as his and even has another baby with Magda.

After years, Dan finally pays a visit to his brother, but he can't quit an old habit, and before you know it he seduces Magda again, when she is supposed to look after the children, and when Bóza comes running hearing his daughter cry, he is run over by a truck and dies.

The accident quite simply is too much for Dan: He totally loses his coolness, loses his charms, becomes annoying where he once was entertaining, drinks way too much, and he repeatedly loses his temper to a point where he crashes the office of a superior. And Magda, whom he had once managed to seduce without a problem, now won't even talk to him anymore.

In the end, Dan becomes totally lost, seeing his brother's ghost in the streets, but also the ghost of his former self.

 

Moving drama that uses the rather depressing backdrop of socialist architecture, furniture and fashion to its advantage, that manages to tell what's essentially a morality play without hammering the message home, and that really seems to care about its characters without labelling them good and bad guys.

Pretty good, actually.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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