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Something Like Happiness (2003)
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Directer:Bohdan Sláma Writter:Bohdan Sláma  Running time:102 min  Country:Czech Republic, Germany Language:Czech Genre:Drama  Subtitle:English   Starring: Anna Geislerová, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Pavel Liška

 
 

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Monika, Tonik and Dasha grew up together in the same housing project on the outskirts of a small industrial city. Now the childhood friends are adults, each struggling with feelings of desire and loneliness, longing and failure. Though none would admit it, each craves something the other has and it''s these unspoken longings which bind them in difficult, complex, passionate friendships. Vibrant and deeply affecting, Something Like Happiness is a funny, tender and very human drama of passions and lives half-understood and veering out of control, shadowed by tragedy, shot through with hope.

Something Like Happiness (Czech title: Štěstí ) is a 2005 Czech movie directed by Bohdan Sláma. It is about finding hope in the midst of disappointment by three young people who grew up in the same run-down block of flats and are now coming of age. The film won the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Storyline
Three young adults in Most sort out feelings and responsibilities: Monika''s boyfriend has left for the States, her mother wants her to join him there, and if the invitation does come, what should she do? Toník is a nice guy, his love for Moni is unrequited. He''s trying to rebuild his family''s crumbling house; a nearby factory has made an offer to buy the land. With Moni, he watches out for the two young sons of Dasha, their friend who''s in a hopeless long-term affair with a married man: Dasha is at once unstable, unrealistic, neglectful of her boys, and cruel to those who help. For whom is this something like happiness?


User Reviews
New Czechs
by akkron
The film "Stesti" ("Some kind of happiness") reminds me of the cinema of the Czech New Wave of sixties, especially of the first films of Milos Forman (The Loves of a Blonde, The Firemen''s Ball). The same sincere and touching interest to the preoccupations and destiny of the simple people, especially their sentimental life. The same unhurried cadence. But it is a more disillusioned film also, probably because it describes a country in the state of breakdown before reconstruction and it shows the people in the turmoil and torment of change. It is an unsophisticated film, as films of the developing world often are, but it is realistic and honest one as these films are sometimes. Of course Czechie is not a developing country but it seems that the sophistication and glamor of Western cinema is not so easy to attain even for a director of talent. I must mention also the work of the cameraman. Especially his landscapes. Sometimes they are absolutely exquisite. Sometimes beautiful and nostalgic.

Definitely not a "comedy"...
Author: jdosek
...as it''s indicated in movie info. Better genre description is "bitter-sweet comedy".... This movie is pretty sad look into life of poor people from industrial part of Czech. It''s about life which most of us wouldn''t like to live, but all of us should realize, that a lot of people live their lives that way. After you see this movie, you will realize how perfect life you live, how hard life some people live and how much should we be thankful for every day we live. What is most neighbourly in this movie, is that characters in are not described as embittered people without buoyancy, but as people who enjoy every day and every little joy as it comes...

Film-making in its best
Author: Filthy Morphine
Definitely one of the best films I have ever seen. Slama has worked on this project for a long time and the result is really outstanding. The characters are very real and the depiction of life in terrible conditions is very faithful. Slama also carefully chose the actors and the choice was excellent. Also his work with actors is very natural and therefore the acting in the movie is unforced and smooth. This movie really got under my skin. Very clever, perfect workmanship and strong theme. I left the cinema and couldn''t stop thinking about it. This is exactly the movie that starts up your mind and raises a lot of questions. But despite it''s mostly sad movie it doesn''t leave the sad feeling in you. After all it is optimistic, in the end it celebrates life and my opinion is that it raises the happy things in life.

I recommend this movie to everyone.
Good luck :)

Dark and beautiful
Author: vadlaursen
"Stesti" was my all-time first Czech movie. It won''t be the last.
Being a newcomer in the Czech Republic I still do not quite understand the language. For the same reason I wen''t to watch the movie with English subtitles - I thought. It turned out that this version of the movie was without any kind of subtitles.Desided to give the movie a chance anyway - and I did not regret it.

Even though I understood none of the spoken words, the story was cristal clear to me. The story of this movie has been told many times before (it especially reminds me of the Danisk feature film "Mifunes sidste sang). Nonetheless the performances by the main characters are very trustworthy and "real". The settings and scenery makes the movie all the more authentic. During the movie you can''t help start thinking that some real-life people are really living under these circumstances.

The story is dark and at the same time beautiful. Check out the movie if you are in the mood for a hardcore real-life story.

Powerful and Realistic European Drama
Author: Claudio Carvalho
In a industrial city in the Czech Republic, Monika ''Moni'' (Tatiana Vilhelmová), Tonik (Pavel Liska) and Dasha (Anna Geislerová) are old friends that live in a working class building.

Moni''s boyfriend Jirka has just emigrated to the United States of America expecting to have a better life and promises to bring Moni later. Her mother Jirina, who is a woman frustrated with her marriage with the unemployed Olda Soucek, presses Moni to move on together with Jirka, but her father would rather prefer his daughter to stay in their country.

Tonik is a loser, but a good man, that has an unrequited love for Moni. His estranged father would like him to work in the local factory, but Tonik has chosen to move to the ruined house that belonged to his grandfather and the factory wants to buy where his aunt lives.

Dasha is an unbalanced, neglectful and ungrateful single mother with two sons, Denis and Pat, and has an affair with the married Jára (Marek Daniel). When Dasha has a mental breakdown, she is interned in a psychiatric hospital and Moni decides to stay in the Czech Republic with the children, otherwise they will be sent to the orphanage. She moves to Tonik''s house and together with his aunt, they work hard to restore the house. Out of the blue, Dasha returns to take her children.

"Stesti" is a powerful and realistic drama about relationship, friendship, feelings, love, ingratitude, happiness and many other emotions. The top-notch performances give the sensation of a documentary and it is interesting to see the children growing up along eighteen months of filming.

Moni is an enlightened character and Tatiana Vilhelmová is a very beautiful woman. Fortunately "Stestí" is an European film therefore with a realistic conclusion without false redemption. I am sure that Moni will find Tonik since his father lives in the same building of her family and her travel is certainly to meet him. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Algo Como a Felicidade" ("Something Like Happiness")

This is worth seeing. The most talented Czech director.
Author: rad-sim
There are quite different opinions on Bohdan Slama, a young Czech director. I give my own here. I believe him to be the greatest talent of the current Czech cinematography. He worked on his second movie "Stesti" really hard and for a long time, which eventually led to a surprisingly good result and high expectations of his upcoming work. He is marvelous (and precise!) in directing the actors, he gives them life and credibility. The movie is very dense and every moment is functional so it requires you to watch carefully! Most people say it is a sad or even a drastic movie and take the name Stesti rather as irony of the author. "Stesti" is ambiguous between happiness and luck. The German Glück is exactly the same. (How silly that they try to find different names for it in English and German! Something like happiness is a REALLY bad translation.) Seeing the movie only from its sad side is seeing the surface. Somewhere deeper, in the minds of the two main characters - Tonik and Monika, who eventually fall in love, there is a real happiness, one which most of us hasn''t had the opportunity to experience. The happiness stems from the very fact that they live a life which is not simple but very meaningful. The sad and drastic background stands in direct contrast to the inner happiness of the characters. This is most apparent at the very end, where Monika, after leaving her boyfriend in the United States (most obviously standing for empty meaningless material dreams, not at all for a better life) comes back to Tonik''s house (the symbol of all his humble material efforts but also and mainly his home), which is under destruction. Monika leaves the place with a light smile (how can people not see that!) and goes looking for Tonik, the source of her happiness, the one who gives her life meaning, no matter where he is, whether he has a house, or fixes broken windows with a piece of scotch-tape. The message of the movie is totally universal and labeling it as a social drama stemming from the unsatisfactory situation of an industrial and poor region of the Czech Republic is a misinterpretation, or at least a demotion.

 


รางวัล: 19 wins & 4 nominations.

Angers European First Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Won Audience Award Feature Film
Bohdan Sláma 
European Jury Award Feature Film
Bohdan Sláma 
 
Athens International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Golden Athena Bohdan Sláma 
 
Bratislava International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Best Actor Pavel Liska 
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Bohdan Sláma 
Nominated Grand Prix Bohdan Sláma 
 
Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won FIPRESCI Prize Bohdan Sláma 
 
Czech Lions
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Won Critics'' Award Bohdan Sláma 
Czech Lion Best Actor (Muzský herecký výkon v hlavní roli)
Pavel Liska 
Best Actress (Zenský herecký výkon v hlavní roli)
Tatiana Vilhelmová 
Best Cinematography (Nejlepsí kamera)
Divis Marek 
Best Director (Nejlepsí rezie)
Bohdan Sláma 
Best Film (Nejlepsí film)
Best Screenplay (Nejlepsí scénár)
Bohdan Sláma 
Best Supporting Actress (Zenský herecký výkon ve vedlejsí roli)
Anna Geislerová 
Nominated Czech Lion Best Sound (Nejlepsí zvuk)
Jan Cenek 
Best Supporting Actor (Muzský herecký výkon ve vedlejsí roli)
Bolek Polívka 
 
European Film Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Nominated Audience Award Best Film
Bohdan Sláma 
 
Pilsen Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Won Don Quixote Award Best Film
Bohdan Sláma 
Golden Kingfisher Best Feature Film
Bohdan Sláma 
 
San Sebastián International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Golden Seashell Bohdan Sláma 
Silver Seashell Best Actress
Anna Geislerová 
 
Viareggio EuropaCinema
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Won EuropaCinema Platinum Award Best Screenplay
Bohdan Sláma 
 


 

 


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