Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sydney Film Festival Day 4 Review Kawasaki's Rose

Jan Hrebejk's films tackle the critical moments of Czech history with sensitivity and humour. Kawasaki's rose is not as funny as his earlier films but has enough humour to lighten it.

It follows the story of a celebrated doctor (soon to be awarded the major National award) for his dedication to the cause during the dark days of the Communist Regime whose validity is called into question. The beauty of this film is it is about the way this impacts within the family relationships as opposed to the media. The discovery is found by the son-in-laws colleagues in the media but the fall-out is to the wife, the daughter and the grand-daughter. Well crafted and extending into an escaped former boyfriend of the wife (now in Sweden) and his artist friends.

This well-crafted story deals with that line between evil acts and pure evil, about the idealistic version of oneself and the actual truth about the compromises one makes and how looking at those things through the eyes of history the expectaction is for black and white and not grey. Great acting and good editing keep this film on track. A truly wondeful film-festival experience.

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