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Director Jan Sverák's Dark Blue World embraces sentimentality with such brio it is hard to resist. The film relays the little-known WWII story of Czech fighter pilots who escaped the Nazi occupation of their country to fight in Britain's Royal Air Force. Those who survived the battles were placed in work camps upon their return home by a then-entrenched, paranoid Communist regime. Sverák (Kolya) tacks back and forth between Franta (Ondrej Vetchy), a worldly captain in the defunct Czech Air Force, and Karel (Krystof Hádek), his earnest young recruit, as they leave home to fight the enemy on foreign soil. Only one returns to tell his story, from a prison hospital bed. While enduring life in the RAF with fellow Czech pilots, Franta and Karel manage to fall in love with the same woman, learn English, swing dance, recite poems, sing rousing Czech songs, and perform heroic feats. Dogfights in the air and inevitable losses ensue, but it is the genuine camaraderie evoked by a gifted cast of Czech actors that saves the film from effusive excess. Like a charismatic captain steeling his company before battle, Sverák can't resist indulging romantic clichés, but his actors, in their fresh intensity, are more than up to the task set before them. --Fionn Meade

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Ondrej Vetchý
Krystof Hádek

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Jan Sverák
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 112 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 28, 2002
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