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The Holy Quaternity

The Holy Quaternity

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Czech republic136 799
Slovak republic18 539
Czech Republic, 78 min
© 2012 IN Film
Director: 
Jan Hřebejk
Music: 
Ondřej Kopička, Ondřej Galuška
DOP: 
Martin Šácha
Starring: 
Jiří Langmajer, Marika Procházková, Hynek Čermák, Viktorie Čermáková, Luděk Munzar, Jana Gýrová, Valerie Šámalová, Jenovéfa Boková, Gregor Bauer, Barbora Poláková
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Two ostensibly ordinary middle-aged couples, Marie and Vitek, and Dita and Ondra, are linked by more than just a lifelong friendship, a shared house in a small town and same-aged adolescent children: they are linked by love. That is the basic subject of Michael Viewegh’s original romantic comedy.

Both men, Ondra and Vitek, who are work colleagues (as a team they perform in-the-field repairs on electric wires), sincerely love their wives, but they both also harbour a secret yearning for the other’s wife. As soon as they finally find the courage to confess this secret – and when it moreover comes to light that the two women have the same feelings – it’s just a matter of time before their long-suppressed feelings come out…

Although initially it seems that their everyday round of work and family chores leaves no room for showing their feelings, when by a stroke of fortune the foursome find themselves on an almost uninhabited island in the Caribbean none of them can resist the temptation – not even the devout Marie, for whom this “forbidden love” clearly presents a painful personal dilemma. After returning from the exotic paradise the two couples have to confront small-town prejudice, the quiet horror of Ondra’s parents and the uncompromising outraged reaction of Marie’s youngest daughter.