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"Four Suns," Czech film, SIFF

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Egyptian Theatre

Jára (Jaroslav Plesl) is stuck in never-ending puberty. He’d be the first to admit that he’s not the best provider for his family, even though he loves them dearly. He and Jana (Ana Geislerova), a post office worker, live together in a small flat in a small town with little Anicka and Jára’s adolescent son from his first marriage, Véna. Jára tries to live up to his family duties, but then he loses his job. His peace of mind is troubled further by seeing his son making the same mistakes he did. Meanwhile, he spends time with his best friend Karel (Karel Roden), a kind of shaman, always dressed in the same shabby sweater and looking a bit crazed. Jana’s patience is wearing thin and their son is running wild. Family fights, family secrets, and mutual misunderstandings begin to multiply. Bohdan Sláma (The Schoolteacher, Wild Bees), a SIFF 2009 Emerging Master, shows his sensitive and tender attitudes toward ordinary people. Most people have suffered from crises or have followed some illusive trail of pathways they sensed but were unable to explain; Sláma celebrates this humanity with a wry sense of humor and empathy.

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