Directed by Slávek Horák, biographical, drama, 100 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Rudolf Suchánek, Slavek Horak
With Viktor Dvořák, Anna Geislerová, Martin Hofmann, Barbora Seidlová, Stanislav Majer, Jiří Bartoška, Adrian Jastraban
This is a biopic that follows Václav Havel in his transformation from a bohemian playwright basking in the new-found freedom of the late 1960s, into a human rights activist and prisoner of conscience in the 1970s and, ultimately, into the leader of the Velvet Revolution and the president of Czechoslovakia in 1989.
Concentrating largely on Havel’s personal (and emotional) evolution (namely the women in his life and the unorthodox relationship with his wife Olga), this fast-paced and entertaining movie shows the modest and determined side of this talented writer who in the end decides to step out of his comfort zone to become a major political figure, but also does not shy away from depicting his weaknesses, doubts and worries. A subtle and riveting portrait of an exceptional man.
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