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AUTUMN SPRING is a gentle comedy about one's man refusal to "go gentle into that good night." A prankster, whose usually innocent practical jokes do no harm and keep the specter of debility and death at least somewhat at bay, Frantisek (Fanda) Hana does get in a bit over his head at times. When one of his jokes backfires, resulting in substantial financial loss, it strains his marriage to the more staid, long-suffering Stella. When a follow-up prank has him feigning his death and leaving Stella distraught, she feels compelled to seek divorce--after 44 years of marriage.
It's fairly easy to predict whether or not Stella will go through with the divorce. But the scene in which she reconsiders and he vows to mend his ways is so deftly acted, so understated, that its transcends cliche. Indeed everything about this movie is pitched just right. I hate to speak ill of my native land's film industry--and Hollywood CAN do some things right. But the last thing I would want to see is an American re-make of this quiet, and quietly funny little gem.
The one negative print review I've read of this film took note that--unlike the life-affirming Fanda--the celebrated Czech actor,Vlastimil Brodsky (CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS, JACOB THE LIAR), who portrayed him committed suicide shortly after the film was completed.Read more ›
With poignancy and humor, an aging man, Fanda doesn't take life serious, while his nagging wife, Emilie, remains so frustrated with him as she constantly obsesses over preparations for their deaths. Their grown son, contributes to the aura of doom by pressuring the couple to a retirement home so he can have the apartment. We learn that the couple have nothing in common as they live their remaining years.
Fanda is interested in enjoying life! He lives life for today, and while death is certain, it is not on his mind. Together, with his best friend, they embark on schemes, cheating, lying, conning, simply for amusement. Most scheming or conning is harmless, but it can get out of hand.
We sympathize with both, because in reality, most people tend to reflect Emilie's position, and we so much want to enjoy life like Fanda, minus the scheming and conning.
The movie begs the question, do I want to live before I die, or die while I'm alive. Ironically, Vlastimil Brodsk, (Fanda) took his own life shortly after filming the movie. This is a wonderful movie that has garnered numerous awards......Rizzo
Emilie is obsessed with saving money in little cans, each with its own purpose, but the can that preoccupies her for 9/10 of the movie is the one where she's saving for their funeral expenses. All of her talk is about their deaths, their funerals, what music, what will be posted in the newspapers - and in her amble spare time, she wants to visit cemeteries and take care of graves.
Fanda? Well, Fanda would rather live than die, and if he had his druthers, he'd like to live the good life. He and Eda sneak off to tour estates that are for sale (posing, of course, as wealthy prospective clients), trick pretty girls into kissing them as a bribe. He likes to smoke, drink good liquor, take French lessons, laugh, and enjoy life.
Their son wants to move them out of their already cramped apartment and into a retirement home so he can take over their apartment. Emilie is - - - oh, fergeddit. I'm telling too much. I don't want to spoil if for anyone. Just trust me on this and watch the movie. I guarantee you'll emerge grinning. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful film.
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Really enjoyed this , have given it to family who have enjoyed it.Published 11 months ago by Gerald
Could happen in the U S. Humorous yet sad. Excellent story and production.Published 13 months ago by georgia bishel
Most of us will have to face them - the years "in decline". This film is a cheeky exploration of the issues that leaves you grinning from ear to ear.Published 17 months ago by Marianne Kaspar
We see some of the finest Czech actors, particularly Mr. Brodsky, working in the naturalistic style I so love, with humor, some sadness and pathos, about being on the edge of the... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Michael R. Wafkowski
This movie did not interest me after I started to watch it. I didn't want to waste my time and was in the mood to be entertained and this wouldn't do the trick.Published on September 14, 2013 by Ann
This movie is being marketed as a comedy. While it had a few scenes in it with comic elements, it iss by no means a comedy. I would even be reluctant to call it a dramady. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Sheryl Zettner
This was a very amusing movie. The characters were so charming . A very insightul look at the marriage of an older couple and how they interact with each other. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by brent morris
I did watch the entire thing but it never really entertained me for one minute.I found it pretty mcuh a total disappointment.Published on August 12, 2013 by Monica
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Yes it does contain English subtitles. However, the one thing i found is that they contain far too many expletives and English 4 letter words when in Czech they in fact don't say such things. Other than that, they're okay but not great. There are several occasions when the subtitles translate... Read More
Aug 13, 2009 by Jaroslav Melgr | See all 3 posts