Zelary (2004)

A man form a rural mountain area is brought to the hospital with serious injuries and desperately needs a transfusion. Eliska is the only one with the same blood type. Her blood saves his life, and a connection is formed between the two of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 17, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Zelary is a satisfyingly old-fashioned romance with an epic sweep.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The story is as basic as a peasant meal -- and just as hearty.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

See it as a war romance, and you'll like it.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...may seem long and solemn to those used to the pacy rhythms of Hollywood films, but the sense of ennui it occasionally evokes strengthens its grip

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Sometimes transcends its predictability. But at two and a half hours, 'sometimes' isn't really often enough.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Trojan's direction is capable, and Asen Sopov's dark-hued cinematography is even better than that. The only thing missing is an appreciation for drama that does more than deliver the expected.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Here's a film that manages to tell its tale without pandering, without cheap melodrama, without gimmicks and without big-name stars. Instead, it simply develops its characters and lets the drama unfold naturally.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Humble, heartwarming storytelling with good acting and lush visuals.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

[Resembles] something like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

When it should be building toward something stirring, Zelary instead meanders like the sheep grazing on the nearby hillsides.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Daisy Maduro
From the Czech Republic came Zelary a masterful war drama showing heart-breaking scenes, no wonder it was nominated for best Foreign Language movie in 2004.The… More