Autumn Spring
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What does it mean to age gracefully? For 75-year-old Frantisek "Fanda" Hána, it means something other than what most other elderly people do. Fanda has no intention of giving in to the loneliness, despair and indignities of a typical retirement. Fanda never bends from his feisty personal philosophy, despite a barrage of constant badgering from his wife, Emílie, who continually tells him he needs to start taking life seriously. Unlike her husband, Emílie is careening towards the end of her life, driven by an obsession with saving enough money to pay for her meticulously-planned… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Worth a look for anyone in the mood for a story about an old man who lives by Dylan Thomas' advice about not going gently into the night."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A bittersweet charmer."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"With its uplifting moral to stay young at heart, Autumn Spring is a bittersweet charmer about rogues, relationships and growing old."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"[A] lovely comedy about old age, marriage, men and women."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A movie that chooses not to mourn the elderly prematurely but rather celebrate the possibilities available to anyone with cunning, a wrinkled face and a lot of free time."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A gentle story of love and kindness."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A fantastic vehicle for three seasoned actors given the chance to play juicy roles at this stage of their lives."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"A proud and optimistic testament to the youthful spirit of seniors who refuse to let such a trifle as their failed lives get in the way of a bit of fun."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A fun movie about and for old people...also happens to be a movie that young people won't be able to resist"
‑ Leslie Katz,
"Director Vladimir Michalek and screenwriter Jiri Hubac manage to strike a good balance between the comic and dramatic story elements, and the story isn't quite as predictable as you might think."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Director Vladimir Michalek and writer Jiri Hubac deftly suggest the pathos of old age while avoiding the saccharine and the morbid."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though the story line seems grim at times, it's always made lighter by Brodsky's gentle, often hilarious presence."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A sly, wry fable about the refusal to grow old that has poignancy as well as charm."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Without resorting to schmaltz or sticky pathos, director Vladimir Michalek fashions an allegory about aging, friendship and love that equals the best American movies on those tricky subjects, from Cocoon to On Golden Pond."
‑ Bill Gallo, Dallas Observer
"The accolades are much owed to Brodsky, who builds Frantisek into the oldster we'd all like to think we'll one day become."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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