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Calamity • 1h 40m
Directed by Věra Chytilová • 1982 • Czechoslovakia
Starring Bolek Polívka, Dagmar Bláhová, Jana Synková
In Věra Chytilová’s biting sex satire, a young college dropout (Bolek Polívka in his first of multiple collaborations with the director) navigates both a new job as a train driver and the amorous advances of multiple women. Though on the surface a relatively straightforward romantic comedy (all the better to fool the censors), CALAMITY is consistently subversive in its ironic commentary on the bureaucratic failings of Czech society.