Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble)
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Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble)
Pupendo and Up and Down director Jan Hrebejk thoughtfully ponders the effect of contemporary events on traditional Czech culture with this engrossing tale of the unlikely romance shared between a desperate young mother and a kindly, but much older, Czech expatriate. Effectively rendered destitute by the floods that washed through Prague in 2002, struggling young father and husband Jarda (Roman Luknar) eventually resorts to stripping stolen cars as a means of supporting his impoverished family. Jarda's wife Marcela (Anna Geislerová) is having difficulty accepting her husband's nefarious… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While this seems like familiar territory, in the hands of director Jan Hrebejk and his longtime screenwriting partner, Petr Jarchovský, it's an engrossing, layered story of the ill-fitting choices and compromises everyone makes."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"This is the kind of film that achieves one simple but difficult thing: It pleases you."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Offers an uncanny soap opera story that turns weird."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Excellent ensemble dramedy, which avoids mawkishness while keeping its characters complex and treating even the least likable of them with a welcome degree of empathy."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"[A] well-observed tale, one with no heroes or villains, just people trying to make something of the situations in which they find themselves."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Beauty in Trouble uses another kind of catastrophe to reveal the true nature of its central characters."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Comedy and chemistry make for an intoxicating mix in this acerbic, knowing character study from Czech director Jan Hrebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"The movie begins with a flood that threatens Prague literally; it ends with a flood of emotions that threaten to undermine a potentially happy relationship."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The filmmakers seem more interested in running the camera over Marcela's body than really figuring out who she is."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"For a class-conscious farce that's at least serious enough to borrow its title from Robert Graves, it's impressively unaffected and utterly watchable."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Impressive for its mastery, intelligence, and ambition in juggling intricate plot strands and memorable characters."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Deeply affecting and darkly amusing."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"All the characters in Petr Jarchovsky's screenplay are drawn in shades of gray. The result isn't so much a morality play as an amorality play."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Petr Jarchovsý's script is elliptical, building the story through a succession of small scenes whose import is not always immediately obvious."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Characters burst out laughing in the middle of sadness or decide to have sex in the middle of a fight, and somehow, it all makes sense."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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