Kawasakiho ruze (Kawasaki's Rose)
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Kawasakiho ruze (Kawasaki's Rose)
A drama about family and politics, the role of memory in relationships, and that of jealousy, arrogance, love, loyalty and betrayal. Pavel, a distinguished psychiatrist is about to receive an award for his life's work and his role as a dissident; his handsome wife and adoring grown daughter are pleased the honor is coming his way. But Ludek, his son-in-law, employed on a documentary crew filming Pavel, resents that his own family, rooted in Czechoslovakia's Communist past, ended up on the wrong side of history --- while his wife's is now la crčme de la crčme. When Ludek discovers… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This intricate, powerful, unsettling film brings us into a world of profound moral complexities where facile judgments must be suspended because even the best people can become complicit in evil."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A film that recognizes life as a tumultuous mess of both noble and base intensions and actions, as well as one that understands the thorny tragedies such chaos often leaves in its wake."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"As an exercise in cultural memory, Kawasaki's Rose is cathartic."
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"Czech family drama neatly blends the personal and the political."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Kawasaki's Rose is at least two films in one compact film-a domestic drama and a Cold War conundrum, the latter more fluid than the former."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"The point of this thoughtful, moving film is that the motives and actions that define human ethics are never simple and that the Communist regime was especially adept at exploiting this complexity for its own ends."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The problem with Kawasaki's Rose is that the theme is far more compelling than the movie."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"I haven't seen so much information so lazily and clunkily delivered since the finale of the 2007 French film Tell No One. It doesn't matter if you've not seen it; just know that it should have really been called: Tell Everyone. Everything. Ever."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Occasionally loses its focus and drags, but it nonetheless remains compelling, provocative and, for the most part, emotionally resonating thanks to raw performances and a delicately woven, character-driven screenplay."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A meticulous, bittersweet Czech drama about the importance of memory and the need for forgiveness."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"History is written by the winners, but even after the ink dries, everyone-including the losers-still has to live with it."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The first film to confront the ghosts of government collaboration in communist Czechoslovakia may be new for Czechs, but otherwise it's a familiar invocation of a problematically buried past."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"Rose cleverly uses its contemporary fictional narrative to depict documentary filmmaking's process of revealing truth."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Bright Lights Film Journal
"A soul-searching and brilliantly-acted Czech drama that plunges us into a confrontation with our own ideas and feelings about memory, idealism, and forgiveness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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