Empties (Vratné lahve)
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The long-anticipated seriocomedy Empties constitutes director Jan Sverak's third installment in his trilogy on aging that commenced with The Elementary School (1991) and continued with the beloved Kolya (1996). The filmmaker's father, Zdenak Sverak, stars as Josef Tkaloun, a curmudgeonly middle-aged lit teacher who grows exhausted from instructing his demanding, occasionally obnoxious students, and opts to take a hike - into an early retirement. Though his wife, Eliska (Daniela Kolarova) (to whom he has repeatedly been unfaithful) continues to tolerate his insensitivity, Josef quickly… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In Empties, father-son Czech collaborators in the Oscar-winning Kolya focus on how poorly a cantankerous high school teacher adapts to what amounts to forced retirement."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"[An] affecting Czech sort-of-romantic comedy."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Sverak's work anchors a cast that delivers a series of delicately executed performances as the actors bring to life a great range of lightly comic characters."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"For Vratné lahve (Empties), the Czech father and son duo Zdenek and Jan Sverák only slightly rework the recipe for their Oscar-winning film Kolya."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Under Sverak's shrewdly unforced direction, other thesps are natural and appealing."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
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