Old Timers

A tragicomedy about two former members of the anti-Communist resistance

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Een Tsjechische tragikomedie over twee bejaarde voormalige anticommunisten uit Tsjecho-Slowakije, gebaseerd op een waargebeurd verhaal.

Let op: deze film is Engels ondertiteld.

A powerful road movie following two elderly men, former members of the anti-Communist resistance in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s, in what seems to be their last and most important mission. A tragicomedy loosely based on real events, with extraordinary performances by Jiri Schmitzer and Ladislav Mrkvicka.

This film includes an introduction by Hana Schenkova, director of the Czech Centre in The Netherlands.

The tragic Communist past of Eastern Europe slowly fades away from the public discourse and is becoming rather historical information for the younger generations. But many of those who suffered for decades because of it, its victims, feel that there’s still a lot of justice to be done. Such is the case of army vet and ex-political prisoner, colonel Vlasta Reiner, nowadays a man in his 80s, with a fragile body trapped in a wheelchair but with a sharp mind and an extremely strong will.

He reconnects in Prague with his old buddy, octogenarian Tonda, and they set out on the road to track and kill the Communist prosecutor who imprisoned and tortured them, yet was recently cleared of any crimes by the judicial system. As Vlasta puts it: “you can’t just piss all over the truth”. And for that truth, they are willing to overcome any obstacles, at all costs.

Recommendation by Hana Schenkova, director of the Czech Center in NL:

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