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A prequel trilogy, ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017. Before that, in 2010, Občanský průkaz (Identit card), another book of Petr Šabach was filmed and serves basically as SpiritualSuccessor to Cosy Dens. It takes part in TheSeventies and follows a group of teenage boys trying to follow their "hippie" dreams while under the much harsher regime of "Normalisation", brought to the country by the Soviet invasion.

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A prequel trilogy, ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017. Before that, in 2010, Občanský průkaz (Identit (Identity card), another book of Petr Šabach was filmed and serves basically as SpiritualSuccessor to Cosy Dens. It takes part in TheSeventies and follows a group of teenage boys trying to follow their "hippie" dreams while under the much harsher regime of "Normalisation", brought to the country by the Soviet invasion.


** Father Šebek and Father Kraus are polar opposites on the ideological spectrum, the former being a convinced Communist and the latter a First Republic patriot and formewr political prisoner displaying old-school values that are considered reactionary. Both, however, are equally hard-headed in their convictions and in their desire to impose their values on their families.

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** Father Šebek and Father Kraus are polar opposites on the ideological spectrum, the former being a convinced Communist and the latter a First Republic patriot and formewr former political prisoner displaying old-school values that are considered reactionary. Both, however, are equally hard-headed in their convictions and in their desire to impose their values on their families.


A prequel trilogy, ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017. Before that, in 2010, Občanský průkaz (Identit card), another book of Petr Šabach was filmed and serves basically as SpiritualSuccesor to Cosy Dens. It takes part in the Seventies and follows a group of teenage boys trying to follow their "hippie" dreams while under the much harsher regime of "Normalisation", brought to the country by the Soviet invasion.

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A prequel trilogy, ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017. Before that, in 2010, Občanský průkaz (Identit card), another book of Petr Šabach was filmed and serves basically as SpiritualSuccesor SpiritualSuccessor to Cosy Dens. It takes part in the Seventies TheSeventies and follows a group of teenage boys trying to follow their "hippie" dreams while under the much harsher regime of "Normalisation", brought to the country by the Soviet invasion.


A prequel trilogy, ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017. Before that, in 2010, Občanský průkaz (Identit card), another book of Petr Šabach was filmed and serves basically as SpiritualSuccesor to Cosy Dens. It takes part in the Seventies and follows a group of teenage boys trying to follow their "hippie" dreams while under the much harsher regime of Normalisation, brought to the countr by the Soviet invasion.

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A prequel trilogy, ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017. Before that, in 2010, Občanský průkaz (Identit card), another book of Petr Šabach was filmed and serves basically as SpiritualSuccesor to Cosy Dens. It takes part in the Seventies and follows a group of teenage boys trying to follow their "hippie" dreams while under the much harsher regime of Normalisation, "Normalisation", brought to the countr country by the Soviet invasion.


A prequel trilogy, ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017.

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A prequel trilogy, ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017.
2017. Before that, in 2010, Občanský průkaz (Identit card), another book of Petr Šabach was filmed and serves basically as SpiritualSuccesor to Cosy Dens. It takes part in the Seventies and follows a group of teenage boys trying to follow their "hippie" dreams while under the much harsher regime of Normalisation, brought to the countr by the Soviet invasion.



* JustFollowingOrders: The policeman who carelessly admits to a classroom of teenagers that he shot innocent motorcyclist (a mailman to booth!) who seemed to match the description of an alleged spy, justifies it with the stock phrase “I had clear orders”.

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* JustFollowingOrders: The policeman who carelessly admits to a classroom of teenagers that he shot innocent motorcyclist (a mailman to booth!) boot!) who seemed to match the description of an alleged spy, justifies it with the stock phrase “I had clear orders”.


The Šebeks are headed by a father who is an officer in the Czechoslovak People’s Army; he believes in the ideology of the regime and tries to impose order and discipline in his family, causing conflict with his Western-minded teenage son Michal. The latter is vying for the attentions of his next-door neighbor Jindřiška, but she is more interested in the worldly Elien, a mature teenager whose parents live in America. Jindřiška’s father, the paterfamilias of the Kraus family, is a perpetually choleric World War II veteran whose contribution to his country’s freedom and his fight against Nazis was recognized, by he's ''this'' close to being persecuted by the Communists. He takes his bitterness out on his family and clashes with his daughter over petty issues. These squabbles play out over a rather boisterous 1967 Christmas holiday; the second act moves the plot to the spring of 1968, and focuses more on changes both within the families and in society.

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The Šebeks are headed by a father who is an officer in the Czechoslovak People’s Army; he believes in the ideology of the regime and tries to impose order and discipline in his family, causing conflict with his Western-minded teenage son Michal. The latter is vying for the attentions of his next-door neighbor Jindřiška, but she is more interested in the worldly Elien, a mature teenager whose parents live in America. Jindřiška’s father, the paterfamilias of the Kraus family, is a perpetually choleric World War II veteran whose contribution to his country’s freedom and his fight against Nazis was recognized, "rewarded" by he's ''this'' close to being persecuted by the Communists.years spent inside Communist prison. He takes his bitterness out on his family and clashes with his daughter over petty issues. These squabbles play out over a rather boisterous 1967 Christmas holiday; the second act moves the plot to the spring of 1968, and focuses more on changes both within the families and in society.



* JustFollowingOrders: The policeman who carelessly admits to a classroom of teenagers that he shot two innocent motorcyclists who both seemed to match the description of a spy, justifies it with the stock phrase “I had clear orders”.

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* JustFollowingOrders: The policeman who carelessly admits to a classroom of teenagers that he shot two innocent motorcyclists motorcyclist (a mailman to booth!) who both seemed to match the description of a an alleged spy, justifies it with the stock phrase “I had clear orders”.



** Father Šebek and Father Kraus are polar opposites on the ideological spectrum, the former being a convinced Communist and the latter a First Republic patriot displaying old-school values that are considered reactionary. Both, however, are equally hard-headed in their convictions and in their desire to impose their values on their families.

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** Father Šebek and Father Kraus are polar opposites on the ideological spectrum, the former being a convinced Communist and the latter a First Republic patriot and formewr political prisoner displaying old-school values that are considered reactionary. Both, however, are equally hard-headed in their convictions and in their desire to impose their values on their families.


''Cosy Dens'' (Czech: ''Pelíšky'') is a Czech cult film from 1999. Directed by Jan Hřebejk, it is a tragicomic exploration of life under the recently defunct Communist regime. It follows the lives of two Prague families shortly before and through the “Prague Spring” of 1968, when there was hope that, after twenty years behind the Iron Curtain, the regime would become more liberal. The Šebeks are headed by a father who is an officer in the Czechoslovak People’s Army; he believes in the ideology of the regime and tries to impose order and discipline in his family, causing conflict with his Western-minded teenage son Michal. The latter is vying for the attentions of his next-door neighbor Jindřiška, but she is more interested in the worldly Elien, a mature teenager whose parents live somewhere in America. At least Michal’s father has a sense of humor; Jindřiška’s father, the paterfamilias of the Kraus family, is a perpetually choleric World War II veteran whose contribution to his country’s freedom was not recognized by the Communists. He takes his bitterness out on his family and clashes with his daughter over petty issues that remind him of the reality of the society in which he is forced to live. These squabbles play out over a rather boisterous 1967 Christmas holiday; the second act moves the plot to the spring of 1968, and focuses more on changes both within the families and without, some of them tragic, but not without a certain measure of progress, with the current political situation as a backdrop waiting to bring about the final resolution of the plot. The title is ironic in that the two families’ homes are not particularly cozy due to the differences among family members, yet resonant in that one’s home is where one can be oneself and get a measure of refuge from the oppressive government.

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''Cosy Dens'' (Czech: ''Pelíšky'') is a Czech cult film from 1999. Directed by Jan Hřebejk, it is a tragicomic exploration of life under the recently defunct Communist regime. regime.

It follows the lives of two Prague families shortly before and through the “Prague Spring” Prague Spring of 1968, when there was hope that, after twenty years behind the Iron Curtain, the regime would become more liberal. liberal, or even that the country could become democratic again.

The Šebeks are headed by a father who is an officer in the Czechoslovak People’s Army; he believes in the ideology of the regime and tries to impose order and discipline in his family, causing conflict with his Western-minded teenage son Michal. The latter is vying for the attentions of his next-door neighbor Jindřiška, but she is more interested in the worldly Elien, a mature teenager whose parents live somewhere in America. At least Michal’s father has a sense of humor; Jindřiška’s father, the paterfamilias of the Kraus family, is a perpetually choleric World War II veteran whose contribution to his country’s freedom and his fight against Nazis was not recognized recognized, by he's ''this'' close to being persecuted by the Communists. He takes his bitterness out on his family and clashes with his daughter over petty issues that remind him of the reality of the society in which he is forced to live. issues. These squabbles play out over a rather boisterous 1967 Christmas holiday; the second act moves the plot to the spring of 1968, and focuses more on changes both within the families and without, some of them tragic, but not without a certain measure of progress, with the current political situation as a backdrop waiting to bring about the final resolution of the plot. in society.

The title is ironic in that the two families’ homes are not particularly cozy due to the differences among family members, yet resonant in that one’s home is where one can be oneself and get a measure of refuge from the oppressive government.



A prequel trilogy, ''Zahradnictví'', was released in 2017 to rather negative reviews.

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A prequel trilogy, ''Zahradnictví'', ''Garden Centre'' (''Zahradnictví''), was released in 2017 to rather negative reviews.
2017.



* CrappyHolidays: They try, but neither the Šebeks nor the Krauses manage to pull off a nice family Christmas. In the former case, the men of the family get just a little too wild; in the latter, the season is marred by overreaction to largely petty issues.

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* CrappyHolidays: They try, but neither the Šebeks nor the Krauses manage to pull off a nice family Christmas. In the former case, the men of the family get just a little too wild; in the latter, the season is marred by overreaction to largely petty issues. \n Jindřiška and Michal bond over it.



* MyNewGiftIsLame: The Šebeks’ Christmas Eve. Michal imagines a pair of American-style boots inside the present that his father gives him. Predictably, it turns out to be a pair of army-style boots, complete with matching socks. Other presents given that night include a set of glasses made from supposedly unbreakable glass …which end up being breakable if one throws them hard enough, and another wonder of Communist technology, plastic spoons which [[AteTheSpoon dissolve in the coffee]]. This leads to one of the most famous lines in this movie: “I would just like to know where our comrades in East Germany made a mistake!”

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* MyNewGiftIsLame: MyNewGiftIsLame:
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The Šebeks’ Christmas Eve. Michal imagines a pair of American-style boots inside the present that his father gives him. Predictably, it turns out to be a pair of army-style boots, complete with matching socks. Other presents given that night include socks.
** Mrs Šebek gets
a set of glasses made from supposedly unbreakable glass …which end up being breakable if one throws them hard enough, and another enough.
** Jindřiška gets a hand-made cigarette box shaped like a camel. She asks whether it's a dog to annoy her father who made it.
** A
wonder of Communist technology, plastic spoons which [[AteTheSpoon dissolve in the coffee]]. Mr Šebek's wedding present... This leads to one of the most famous lines in this movie: “I "I would just like to know where our comrades in East Germany made a mistake!”
mistake!"


* PaperDestructionOfRage: Mr Sebek tears his son Michal's poster of Mick Jagger into small pieces, crumples it up and then throws the crumpled pieces on the ground. He hates everything Western and hippie-like. Michal made his sister to put it on their father's noticeboard on purpose to tick him off. Mr Sebek was already in a bad mood because he's hungover, but the poster got under his skin real bad.

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* PaperDestructionOfRage: PaperDestructionOfAnger: Mr Sebek tears his son Michal's poster of Mick Jagger into small pieces, crumples it up and then throws the crumpled pieces on the ground. He hates everything Western and hippie-like. Michal made his sister to put it on their father's noticeboard on purpose to tick him off. Mr Sebek was already in a bad mood because he's hungover, but the poster got under his skin real bad.


* BerserkButton: Don’t put a picture of Mick Jagger or any other hippie type on Father Šebek’s notice board. And don’t under ‘’any’’ circumstances call the exquisite Viennese potato dumplings made by Father Kraus’ wife “gnocchi”…or address him as “Comrade”: you’ll live to regret it.

* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with [[spoiler: failed suicide attempts (twice by Michal and once by his father). The first and last of the three attempts involve hanging in the gazebo.]]

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Don’t put a picture of Mick Jagger or any other hippie type (called 'longhairs') on Father Šebek’s notice board. And don’t He'll tear it to pieces and throw an epic tantrum.
** Don’t
under ‘’any’’ ''any'' circumstances call the exquisite Viennese potato dumplings made by Father Kraus’ wife “gnocchi”…or address him Mrs Kraus 'gnocchi'. Mr Kraus hates gnocchi. Gnocchi are gnocchi and dumplings are dumplings. He even smashes Jindriska's glass door in his fit of rage.
** Address Mr Kraus
as “Comrade”: you’ll 'comrade' is a really bad idea. Try it, and you'll live to regret it.

it. Saša addresses him as Comrade, gets a moderately bug BigWhat and then Mr Kraus whips him with his walking stick.

* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with [[spoiler: failed suicide attempts (twice by attempts. At the beginning, Michal tries to hang himself in a gazebo in front of their house to show Jindriska how unhappy he's without her. He falls down because the gazebo is almost broken and once by his father). The first the construction is in poor state. Jindriska finds him on the ground and last of comforts him. At the three attempts involve hanging in end, Michal's father wants to hang himself at the gazebo.]]
same place and also fails to kill himself. His brother finds him and comforts him. Both look heart-broken.



* GirlNextDoor: Jindřiška is literally this for Michal.

* HappilyMarried: The Šebeks appear to be this more than the Krauses.

* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: When Czech people watch the fathers’ outbursts toward their children, they tend to find a lot of humor in them. This seems to be because the fathers’ behavior caricatures a kind of paternal despotism that seems to have been common in the days of Communism.

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* GirlNextDoor: Jindřiška is literally this for Michal.

lives in the same house as Michal and the house has just two flats. She's very pretty, clever and down-to-earth.

* HappilyMarried: The Šebeks appear to be this more are happy together, much happier than the Krauses.

Krauses. It's because WomenAreWiser -- and Mrs Šebek definitely is. She knows how to handle her husband and genuinely likes him. He is fond of his wife as well.

* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: When Czech people watch the fathers’ outbursts toward their children, they tend to find a lot of humor in them. This seems to be because the fathers’ behavior caricatures a kind of paternal despotism that seems to have been common in the days of Communism.
common.



* NotSoDifferent: Father Šebek and Father Kraus are polar opposites on the ideological spectrum, the former being a convinced Communist and the latter a First Republic patriot displaying old-school values that can be reactionary. Both, however, are equally hard-headed in their convictions and in their desire to impose their values on their families.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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Father Šebek and Father Kraus are polar opposites on the ideological spectrum, the former being a convinced Communist and the latter a First Republic patriot displaying old-school values that can be are considered reactionary. Both, however, are equally hard-headed in their convictions and in their desire to impose their values on their families.



* RayOfHopeEnding: It’s subtle, but Uzlinka manages to rescue her aunt’s son’s abandoned pet birds from the Kraus’s apartment, which was seized after they [[spoiler: emigrated to the West]]. The fall of Communism [[spoiler: 21 years later]] is a ForegoneConclusion, given that the movie was released a decade after the fact.

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* PaperDestructionOfRage: Mr Sebek tears his son Michal's poster of Mick Jagger into small pieces, crumples it up and then throws the crumpled pieces on the ground. He hates everything Western and hippie-like. Michal made his sister to put it on their father's noticeboard on purpose to tick him off. Mr Sebek was already in a bad mood because he's hungover, but the poster got under his skin real bad.

* RayOfHopeEnding: It’s subtle, but Uzlinka manages to rescue her aunt’s son’s cousin's abandoned pet birds from the Kraus’s apartment, which was seized after they [[spoiler: emigrated to the West]]. The fall of Communism [[spoiler: 21 years later]] is a ForegoneConclusion, given that the movie was released a decade after the fact.



* WomenAreWiser: The women of the Šebek clan are seen to be more level-headed than their male counterparts.

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* WomenAreWiser: The women of the Šebek clan are seen to be more level-headed than their male counterparts.counterparts.
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Cosy Dens (Czech: ''Pelíšky'') is a Czech cult film from 1999. Directed by Jan Hřebejk, it is a tragicomic exploration of life under the recently defunct Communist regime. It follows the lives of two Prague families shortly before and through the “Prague Spring” of 1968, when there was hope that, after twenty years behind the Iron Curtain, the regime would become more liberal. The Šebeks are headed by a father who is an officer in the Czechoslovak People’s Army; he believes in the ideology of the regime and tries to impose order and discipline in his family, causing conflict with his Western-minded teenage son Michal. The latter is vying for the attentions of his next-door neighbor Jindřiška, but she is more interested in the worldly Elien, a mature teenager whose parents live somewhere in America. At least Michal’s father has a sense of humor; Jindřiška’s father, the paterfamilias of the Kraus family, is a perpetually choleric World War II veteran whose contribution to his country’s freedom was not recognized by the Communists. He takes his bitterness out on his family and clashes with his daughter over petty issues that remind him of the reality of the society in which he is forced to live. These squabbles play out over a rather boisterous 1967 Christmas holiday; the second act moves the plot to the spring of 1968, and focuses more on changes both within the families and without, some of them tragic, but not without a certain measure of progress, with the current political situation as a backdrop waiting to bring about the final resolution of the plot. The title is ironic in that the two families’ homes are not particularly cozy due to the differences among family members, yet resonant in that one’s home is where one can be oneself and get a measure of refuge from the oppressive government.

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''Cosy Dens''
(Czech: ''Pelíšky'') is a Czech cult film from 1999. Directed by Jan Hřebejk, it is a tragicomic exploration of life under the recently defunct Communist regime. It follows the lives of two Prague families shortly before and through the “Prague Spring” of 1968, when there was hope that, after twenty years behind the Iron Curtain, the regime would become more liberal. The Šebeks are headed by a father who is an officer in the Czechoslovak People’s Army; he believes in the ideology of the regime and tries to impose order and discipline in his family, causing conflict with his Western-minded teenage son Michal. The latter is vying for the attentions of his next-door neighbor Jindřiška, but she is more interested in the worldly Elien, a mature teenager whose parents live somewhere in America. At least Michal’s father has a sense of humor; Jindřiška’s father, the paterfamilias of the Kraus family, is a perpetually choleric World War II veteran whose contribution to his country’s freedom was not recognized by the Communists. He takes his bitterness out on his family and clashes with his daughter over petty issues that remind him of the reality of the society in which he is forced to live. These squabbles play out over a rather boisterous 1967 Christmas holiday; the second act moves the plot to the spring of 1968, and focuses more on changes both within the families and without, some of them tragic, but not without a certain measure of progress, with the current political situation as a backdrop waiting to bring about the final resolution of the plot. The title is ironic in that the two families’ homes are not particularly cozy due to the differences among family members, yet resonant in that one’s home is where one can be oneself and get a measure of refuge from the oppressive government.


* MyNewGiftIsLame: The Šebeks’ Christmas Eve. Michal imagines a pair of American-style boots inside the present that his father gives him. Predictably, it turns out to be a pair of army-style boots, complete with matching socks. Other presents given that night include a set of glasses made from supposedly unbreakable glass …which end up being breakable if one throws them hard enough, and another wonder of Communist technology, plastic spoons which dissolve in the coffee. This leads to one of the most famous lines in this movie: “I would just like to know where our comrades in East Germany made a mistake!”

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* MyNewGiftIsLame: The Šebeks’ Christmas Eve. Michal imagines a pair of American-style boots inside the present that his father gives him. Predictably, it turns out to be a pair of army-style boots, complete with matching socks. Other presents given that night include a set of glasses made from supposedly unbreakable glass …which end up being breakable if one throws them hard enough, and another wonder of Communist technology, plastic spoons which [[AteTheSpoon dissolve in the coffee.coffee]]. This leads to one of the most famous lines in this movie: “I would just like to know where our comrades in East Germany made a mistake!”


* MyWayOrTheHighway: The two fathers are shown to be despots and implied to see themselves as absolute heads of their households. This is most clearly manifested in the petty argument that flares up during Christmas lunch at the Kraus’s, in the presence of a doctor who has come as a guest. A discussion develops about the way the dumplings turned out. Jindřiška asserts that, being “gnocchi”, they turned out just as they should have. Her father is infuriated that she should refer to her mother’s potato dumplings as “gnocchi”. When Jindřiška won’t back down and starts quoting a recipe for gnocchi, her father goes ballistic. He chews her out for behaving that way toward her father in front of a guest and orders her to leave his presence with a slew of verbal abuse which includes the invective: “This is still my apartment and nothing here belongs to you, not even that dumpling!” The fight culminates in [[Jindřiška fleeing to her room, into which her father hurls a heavy object through the translucent glass screen.]]

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* MyWayOrTheHighway: The two fathers are shown to be despots and implied to see themselves as absolute heads of their households. This is most clearly manifested in the petty argument that flares up during Christmas lunch at the Kraus’s, in the presence of a doctor who has come as a guest. A discussion develops about the way the dumplings turned out. Jindřiška asserts that, being “gnocchi”, they turned out just as they should have. Her father is infuriated that she should refer to her mother’s potato dumplings as “gnocchi”. When Jindřiška won’t back down and starts quoting a recipe for gnocchi, her father goes ballistic. He chews her out for behaving that way toward her father in front of a guest and orders her to leave his presence with a slew of verbal abuse which includes the invective: “This is still my apartment and nothing here belongs to you, not even that dumpling!” The fight culminates in [[Jindřiška [[spoiler: Jindřiška fleeing to her room, into which her father hurls a heavy object through the translucent glass screen.]]


* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler: Due to his unrequited affection toward Jindřiška (and perhaps partly due to dissatisfaction with his home life), Michal tries and fails twice, by trying to hang himself in the gazebo, whereupon the construction collapses, and then by gassing himself - in an electric stove. Then his father tries to hang himself in the same gazebo after the Soviets occupy Czechoslovakia, failing for the same reason as his son did.]]

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* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler: Due to his unrequited affection toward Jindřiška (and perhaps partly due to dissatisfaction with his home life), Michal tries and fails twice, by trying to hang himself in the gazebo, whereupon the construction collapses, and then by gassing himself - in an electric stove.oven. Then his father tries to hang himself in the same gazebo after the Soviets occupy Czechoslovakia, failing for the same reason as his son did.]]


* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler: Due to his unrequited affection toward Jindřiška (and perhaps partly due to dissatisfaction with his home life), Michal tries and fails twice, by trying to hang himself in the gazebo, whereupon the construction collapses, and then by gassing himself - in an electric stove. Then his father tries to hang himself in the same gazebo after the Soviets occupy Czechoslovakia, failing for the same reason as his son did.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: Averted. [[spoiler: Due to his unrequited affection toward Jindřiška (and perhaps partly due to dissatisfaction with his home life), Michal tries and fails twice. Then his father tries to hang himself after the Soviets occupy Czechoslovakia; his attempt to do so fails in the same way as his son’s first attempt.]]


Cosy Dens (Czech: ''Pelíšky'') is a Czech cult film from 1999. Directed by Jan Hřebejk, it is a tragicomic exploration of life under the recently ended Communist period. It follows the lives of two Prague families shortly before and through the “Prague Spring” of 1968, when there was hope that, after twenty years behind the Iron Curtain, the regime would become more liberal. The Šebeks are headed by a father who is an officer in the Czechoslovak People’s Army; he believes in the ideology of the regime and tries to impose order and discipline in his family, causing conflict with his Western-minded teenage son Michal. The latter is vying for the attentions of his next-door neighbor Jindřiška, but she is more interested in the worldly Elien, a mature teenager whose parents live somewhere in America. At least Michal’s father has a sense of humor; Jindřiška’s father, the paterfamilias of the Kraus family, is a perpetually choleric World War II veteran whose contribution to his country’s freedom was not recognized by the Communists. He takes his bitterness out on his family and clashes with his daughter over petty issues that remind him of the reality of the society in which he is forced to live. These squabbles play out over a rather boisterous 1967 Christmas holiday; the second act moves the plot to the spring of 1968, and focuses more on changes both within the families and without, some of them tragic, but not without a certain measure of progress, with the current political situation as a backdrop waiting to bring about the final resolution of the plot. The title is ironic in that the two families’ homes are not particularly cozy due to the differences among family members, yet resonant in that one’s home is where one can be oneself and get a measure of refuge from the oppressive government.

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Cosy Dens (Czech: ''Pelíšky'') is a Czech cult film from 1999. Directed by Jan Hřebejk, it is a tragicomic exploration of life under the recently ended defunct Communist period.regime. It follows the lives of two Prague families shortly before and through the “Prague Spring” of 1968, when there was hope that, after twenty years behind the Iron Curtain, the regime would become more liberal. The Šebeks are headed by a father who is an officer in the Czechoslovak People’s Army; he believes in the ideology of the regime and tries to impose order and discipline in his family, causing conflict with his Western-minded teenage son Michal. The latter is vying for the attentions of his next-door neighbor Jindřiška, but she is more interested in the worldly Elien, a mature teenager whose parents live somewhere in America. At least Michal’s father has a sense of humor; Jindřiška’s father, the paterfamilias of the Kraus family, is a perpetually choleric World War II veteran whose contribution to his country’s freedom was not recognized by the Communists. He takes his bitterness out on his family and clashes with his daughter over petty issues that remind him of the reality of the society in which he is forced to live. These squabbles play out over a rather boisterous 1967 Christmas holiday; the second act moves the plot to the spring of 1968, and focuses more on changes both within the families and without, some of them tragic, but not without a certain measure of progress, with the current political situation as a backdrop waiting to bring about the final resolution of the plot. The title is ironic in that the two families’ homes are not particularly cozy due to the differences among family members, yet resonant in that one’s home is where one can be oneself and get a measure of refuge from the oppressive government.

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