Festival of the Snowdrops | Chicago Reader

Festival of the Snowdrops

This 1983 Czech feature by Jiri Menzel (Closely Watched Trains) casts a fond if slightly satirical look at village life in the forests of Bohemia, where the people are guided by centuries-old customs and the outside world intrudes only through TV. There seems to be a political allegory about communist infighting in the way two hunting clubs brawl over a dead wild boar (the spoils of a slapstick chase), and a resolution is suggested in how calm women deflate the men's egos. An autumnal glow envelops these endearing portrayals of villagers whose foibles are universal.

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