Flowerbuds | Chicago Reader

Flowerbuds

Taking its cues from the emotionally brutal dramas of Alejandro Gonzalez IƱarritu, this film from the Czech Republic chronicles the gradual unraveling of a dysfunctional family. The father is a train signal operator whose gambling has driven the family deep into debt, but everyone here has issues: the daughter, who dreams of leaving their blue-collar town, learns that she's pregnant but can't reveal the father's identity; the drug-dealing son liquidates his stash to hire the deceitful hooker he adores; and the apathetic mother spends most of her time in an aerobics class. Director Zdenek Jirasky piles as much misfortune on his characters as possible, proving himself adept at mortification but not much else. In Czech with subtitles.

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