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Empties

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Synopsis

Czech literature teacher Josef Tkaloun, who is past retirement age, realises one day that he no longer understands his pupils, and so he quits - dramatically. What he does not predict is that in doing this he will lose his sense of place in society. He finds himself isolated in his city flat with only his wife Eliska for company. Unsure how to deal with this new situation, Josef tries to find a way out. After a few vain attempts at finding a decent job he accepts a position at a refundable bottles counter in the local supermarket. In this seemingly inhospitable place, he solves what had been the root of his unhappiness. Surrounded by characterful people and at the centre of a city community, Josef finally finds his way back to his own wife.

Details

Year
2008
Type of film
Features
Running Time
100 mins
Format
35mm
Director
Jan Sverák
Producer
Jan Sverák, Eric Abraham
Screenwriter
Zdenek Sverák
Director of Photography
Vladimír Smutný
Principal Cast
Zdenek Sverák, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Daniela Kolárová, Alena Vránová, Jirí Machácek

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Production Company

Portobello Pictures Limited
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