Something Like Happiness (Stestí)
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Something Like Happiness (Stestí)
A trio of friends residing in an urban Czech housing project finds that happiness can come from the place where you least expect it in this quirky and heartfelt drama from Wild Bees director Bohdan Sláma. As the shadow of the country's largest chemical factory looms large over their bleak industrial suburb, Monika (Tatiana Vilhelmová), Tonik (Pavel Liska), and Dasha (Anna Geislerová) hold out hope for a brighter future in another place. While supermarket employee Monika's dreams are built around the hope that she will someday venture to America to be with her boyfriend, George, Tonik… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Honest and incisive, a film without a message, just telling it like it is."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"A thoughtfully performed, gently quirky human drama about choices made and their often surprising consequences."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"The [entwined] stories have been purged of cinematic trappings to the extent that they have almost become too mundane to really captivate or merit our attention."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"It's the comic, touching glimpses into a society run aground that make Something Like Happiness special and link it with the gentle fables of the Czech New Wave films of the 1960s."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"...the dedication of the writer/director and his cast make it a worthwhile film for the movie buff."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"In the film's evocation of industrialized squalor you get an emphatic sense of location effecting personal action."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Third time's the charm for Czech helmer Bohdan Slama, whose talent for locating the dignity in the downtrodden of his native Czech Republic is on moving display."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Sláma has captured those type of childhood friendships grown into maturity which are encircled by loosely connected parents all long time acquaintances because of their kids."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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