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A nurse is part of the resistance in 1940s Czechoslovakia. She is discovered and must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife.

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Ondrej Trojan
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Geislerová ... Eliska / Hana
György Cserhalmi ... Joza
Jaroslava Adamová ... Lucka
Miroslav Donutil ... Priest
Jaroslav Dusek ... Teacher Tkác
Iva Bittová ... Zena
Ivan Trojan ... Richard
Jan Hrusínský ... Slávek
Anna Vertelárová Anna Vertelárová ... Helenka
Tomás Zatecka ... Lipka
Ondrej Koval ... Michal Kutina
Tatiana Vajdová Tatiana Vajdová ... Anna Kutinová
Frantisek Velecký ... Old Kutina
Viera Pavlíková Viera Pavlíková ... Old Kutinová
Juraj Hrcka ... Vojta Juriga
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Storyline

A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife. Written by da man

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An epic tale of love, courage and the will to survive.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Language:

Czech | Russian | German

Release Date:

4 September 2003 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Erotas sto Zelary See more »

Filming Locations:

Brno, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,002, 19 September 2004

Gross USA:

$330,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,461,305
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Czech Republic's official submission to 76th Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2004. See more »

Goofs

When Hana and Joza go to visit his mother's grave she is wearing a different dress as they return home. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 26 January 2018 (2018) See more »

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The Moon
Lyrics and Music by Petr Ostrouchov
Performed by Petr Hanzlík
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The strength of the movie lies in its protagonist
12 December 2005 | by moreofisscienceSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I thought it was not only well-written but quite visually interesting. I found the character of Hana particularly endearing. In fact, I wrote about her in an essay I'm doing on the idea of 'home' in literature and some film: Zelary was mentioned before as having thematic elements involving a physical home. However, this film takes a slightly different approach to the aspects of home. Whereas one normally would define home for his or herself, then make some sort of journey to find it; Hana is forced to do things oppositely in Zelary. Because turmoil physically forces her out of the place she had come to call home, she must redefine home for herself in order to make her current setting her new home. She succeeds in this through accepting the rural lifestyle and falling in love with her new husband, and she even manages to go back to her old home once again. This reversal of the task of defining home is what creates the central conflict in the film, and Hana's flexibility in making home a solid place is what makes her a strong protagonist.


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