Little Otik
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Acclaimed animator Jan Svankmajer combines cartoon and live-action imagery to bring to life a bizarre story based on an old Czech folk tale. Karel (Jan Hartl) and Bozena (Veronika Zilkova) are a married couple who desperately want a child, but have been unable to conceive; Alzbetka (Kristina Adamcova), an only child who lives next door, has long wanted a friend to play with and feels for the couple's sad dilemma. One day, Karel is digging up an old tree stump when it occurs to him that the roots look a bit like a baby; Karel brings the stump home and carves it into the image of a child,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Svankmajer has created a bizarre cinematic treat that pokes fun at obsessive consumer culture."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Svankmajer sends us home haunted."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"[VIDEO] "Little Otik is in a class all by itself. Jan Svankmajer is a mad genius of cinema.""
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"There is an inherent humor to the premise, though there is a concrete desperation at the heart of Little Otik."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"What sustains attention is the director's unique touch."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"It's no surprise that Jan Svankmajer's Little Otik is dark, strange stuff."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Its dark whimsy doesn't hold up for the duration of Svankmajer's film version, which, at more than two hours, seriously wears out its welcome."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Little Otik is in a class all by itself. Jan Svankmajer is a mad genius of cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The film's shock storyline soon becomes a dull plod."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Unfortunately, at more than two hours, all of this is a bit too much."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The cumulative impact of Little Otik is engrossing and provocative, and Svankmajer draws splendid ensemble performances across the board."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"127 minutes is a lot of time for a simple movie with one satirical point to make and one animated character to show."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A fairy tale for adults, Otik is demented and heartwarming in that particular and unique Svankmajer fashion."
‑ Dan Fienberg, Zap2it.com
"Like many Disney films, Little Otik is based on a classic European folktale, but while Disney cleans these stories up into candy-coloured moral fables ready to be adapted into breakfast cereals and ice shows, Svankmajer eagerly plunges into their d"
‑ Paul Matwychuk, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"While there's not quite enough in the story to justify the film's length, Little Otik is a very funny satire on family ties, apartment living and conspicuous consumption."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
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