Cruel Joys / Kruté radosti

This gentle story of temptation, secrets and helplessness brought on by the search for love begins in the fall of 1933 when the superficial calm in a small idyllic Slovak town is disturbed by the arrival of a taciturn girl named Valentina. Even though she is only now learning to be a woman, she unintentionally reminds others how important it is to live life responsibly. ScriptScarlett Čanákyová DirectorJuraj Nvota Director of PhotographyJan Malíř EditorAlois Fišárek MusicĽubica Salamon-Čekovská ProducerALEF Film & Media Group Co-producerTotal HelpArt T.H.A., Slovenská televízia , Česká televize
This gentle story of temptation, secrets and helplessness brought on by the search for love begins in the fall of 1933 when the superficial calm in a small idyllic Slovak town is disturbed by the arrival of a taciturn girl named Valentina. Even though she is only now learning to be a woman, she unintentionally reminds others how important it is to live life responsibly.

 This gentle story of temptation, secrets and helplessness brought on by the search for love begins in the fall of 1933 when the superficial calm in a small idyllic Slovak town is disturbed by the arrival of a taciturn girl named Valentina.

She’s the forgotten illegitimate daughter of the suave notary Karel, the only relative the girl can turn to after the death of her mother. But the selfish man refuses to complicate a bachelor lifestyle spiced up by a relationship with the emancipated Helena. He therefore asks his friend Martin – the principal of the local boys’ school – to look after his unwanted daughter. Out of compassion for the poor girl, Martin gives her a place to stay, claiming she’s his niece.

Martin, Karel and another friend – the physician Gabriel – have no inkling that this shy, skinny creature on the threshold of womanhood will soon change their lives. While they variously try to figure out whether to behave towards Valentina in a fatherly or admiring lover fashion, under their influence the girl transforms into a graceful young woman who quickly comes to know what she does and doesn’t want.

This story of emotional searching unfolds in a poetic dimension allowing for dreams and desires, a search by adult men and women, who only realize the true meaning of responsibility after encountering a charming intruder....

Starring: Táňa Pauhofová, Ondřej Vetchý, Milan Mikulčík, Anna Šišková, Csongor Kassai, Julius Satinský, Ady Hajdu.

 

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