End of August at the Hotel Ozone | Chicago Reader

End of August at the Hotel Ozone

Jan Schmidt's grim Czech parable (1967) unfolds in the aftermath of nuclear holocaust as a disparate group of women try to survive in an unyielding landscape. The first half painstakingly documents their tenacity and physical courage, but then their strict social order is threatened by the emergence of an older man who's determined to preserve any physical reminder of the past. Pavel Juracek's script is extremely discomfiting, and the severe tone leaves no room for catharsis; this is punishing but also provocative. In Czech with subtitles. 77 min.

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