During an excursion, a family from the big city discovers an old farmhouse. They spend their holidays there and would love to buy the house. The owner, an old farmer, seems to agree, only he wants to determine the time of the sales himself. In the meantime, the two children become friends with the old farmer. Tom Milne writes in Time Out: "After five years of political disgrace, Jiří Menzel was still cautious and skilfully avoided any dangerous engagements or interpretations in Seclusion Near a Forest. It is a feather-light comedy about the difficulties of living as a city family in the countryside (...). The excellent camera work casts a shimmering, summery haze over the fine mixture of tenderness and humour with which Menzel typically observes human weaknesses - making the film a magical conjuration of a lost, simpler and more relaxed world."
|Original Title||Seclusion Near a Forest|
|German Title||Das einsame Haus am Waldesrand|
|French Title||La maison à l'orée du bois|
|Other Titles||A Cottage Near the Woods - Na samotě u lesa|
|Directed by||Jiri Menzel|
|Screenplay||Zdenek Sverák, Ladislav Smoljak|
|Film Editing||Jirina Lukesová|
|Décors||Zbynek Hloch, Vladimir Macha|
«Wenn man bei uns von „dem tschechischen Film“ spricht, meint man das Genre des Menzel-Films, diese merkwürdigste Verbindung von Weltweisheit, Einfalt, Bosheit, Poesie und Witz.» Tagesspiegel
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