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Kawasaki's Rose

Kawasaki's Rose

Czech republic163 363
Slovak republic29 890
Czech Republic, 2009, 95 min
© 2009 IN Film Praha, Infinity Prague
Jan Hřebejk
Aleš Březina
Lenka Vlasáková, Daniela Kolářová, Martin Huba, Milan Mikulčík, Antonín Kratochvíl, Petra Hřebíčková, Ladislav Chudík, Martin Schulz, Anna Šimonová, Isao Onoda, Ladislav Smoček, Vladimír Kulhavý, Zuzana Šavrdová, Josef Pařenica, Vladimír Stočes, Jan Urban, Petr Kožušník
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The year is 2009. Pavel Josek, an eminent scientist and former dissident, is due to receive a state honour for bravery. During the filming of a television documentary about his life it comes to light that at the beginning of the 1970s – under pressure from the secret police – he played a part in the discrediting of a former friend, who was ultimately forced to emigrate. The film recounts events that took place over thirty years earlier without using a single flashback. The family drama sheds light on the practices employed by the secret police to discredit its opponents. An emotional story of guilt and atonement, the pitfalls of memory and the need for forgiveness. The Czech answer to “The Lives of Others” distantly alludes to the recent affair implicating writer Milan Kundera as an informer.