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Autumn Spring

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A bittersweet comedy starring the great Vlastimil Brodský as Fanda, an old man who refuses to grow up. Despite pleas from his exasperated wife who wants him to make serious decisions about the future, Fanda ignores the nagging and spends his days seeking amusement and adventure.

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  • In Czech with English subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Vlastimil Brodský, Stella Zázvorková, Stanislav Zindulka, Ondrej Vetchý, Petra Spalková
  • Directors: Vladimír Michálek
  • Writers: Jirí Hubac
  • Producers: Jaroslav Boucek, Jaroslav Kucera, Jirí Bartoska
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Czech (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Alchemy / Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D0YVL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Autumn Spring" on IMDb

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on November 2, 2003
Format: DVD
I'm a little surprised that no other Amazon reviewers have posted anything on this Czech charmer. This is definitely the kind of "in-theaters" sleeper that usually inspires a few "snap-up-the-DVD-the-moment-it's-released" reviews. Justifiably so in this case. When I took it in recently, on a friend's recommendation, there was applause over the closing credits, and for once, that kind of reaction didn't seem ludicrous to me.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 8, 2006
Format: DVD
Engaging in this movie stimulates our mind about our life and the inevitable death. This 2001 Czech movie provokes one to ponder if you can seriously enjoy and be amused in old age, or will you obsess with preparing for your mortality?

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
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher L. Cox on February 23, 2004
Format: DVD
This sweet czech film is about an old man who refuses to join the cult of "waiting for death" that most of the aged around him, included his wife, seem to think is the only appropriate way to be. He and his buddy are terminal pranksters who try to milk every bit of fun out of their existience as they can, much to the consternation of his family, who wants him to settle down and act like his life is over. This is truly touching in moments, quietly funny in others and very life affirming altogether. The acting is restrained, but suitably and realistically human. Nothing really stands out on a technical level, but it doesn't need to with such endearing characters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on January 24, 2004
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I thought my husband had really lost his marbles when he brought this video home for us to watch - but how wrong I was. It's a gem, a winner, over-the-top wonderful. There are really only 3 characters in it (with a small part played by the couple's womanizing adult son): Fanda and his wife, Emilie, and Fanda's friend and partner in innocent crime, Eda.
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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does this DVD contain english subtitles ?
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
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