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Wild Bees

This 2001 debut feature by Czech director Bohdan Slama shares with its New Wave predecessors a taste for wry observation, surveying the mostly unemployed and alcoholic inhabitants of a back-roads village. The central characters are a shy 18-year-old boy; his dream girl, who works at the general store; and his older brother, who returns from college just in time for the annual fireman's ball. The amiably bleak comedy expresses a malaise left over from the communist era, though the characters' escape fantasies are more hopeful. One villager, a self-absorbed Michael Jackson wannabe with all the wrong moves, quite miraculously becomes an object of sympathy. In Czech with subtitles. 94 min.

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