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All My Loved Ones (Czech original title: Všichni moji blízcí) is a 1999 Czech-language film directed by Matej Mináč. It was co-produced by Czechia, Slovakia and Poland.

The Silbersteins are a happy Jewish-Czech family living in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Jakub Silberstein is a successful medical doctor, happily married to Irma. They adore their two children, a young adult daughter Hedvika and a small son David. There are warm relationships among all members of their family, especially Jakub's parents and his four brothers (David's cool uncles), and also among their Jewish community. Mr Klein's daughter Sosha is David's close friend.

The Nazi threat starts to creep into their lives, but they are initially in denial about the looming danger and can't imagine how bad the persecution can get or that it can be any worse. Especially Jakub and Irma Silberstein insist they live in Europe in the 20th century, claiming that pogroms are events of the distant past... Upon realizing the reality of the imminent horrors, it's too late for most of them and they are unable to find a way out of the country. Jakub's brother Samuel, a renowned musician, meets Nicholas Winton, a British humanitarian who organizes the rescue of Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia.



  • Downer Ending: David is the only one who survived the Second World War. All his loved ones died in concentration camps.
  • Driven to Suicide: David's uncle Samuel is unable to deal with the persecution of the Jewish and the fact that his fiancee left him, so he kills himself. His family is devastated, as is his ex-fiancee.
  • Happily Married: Jakub and Irma are very happy together and they're loving parents to Hedvika and David. Jakub is a medical doctor and his wife is at home, taking care of the house and the children.
  • Metaphorical Marriage: David and his best friend Sosha are inspired by David's sister's wedding and the two of them perform a Jewish wedding ceremony, complete with vows, Sosha's getting a ring, drinking from one cup and smashing it to pieces and taking a photograph. Their only witness is a family dog. David later tells his mom that he promised Sosha to never leave her. She tearfully says they might get married one day, but David insists they already are married.
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  • Narrator: The beginning and ending is narrated by adult David Silberstein.
  • Precision F-Strike: There's almost no swearing in the movie, except when the Silberstein brothers fondly remember their dirty parody of a nursery rhyme they loved screaming as children, but Sam uses one swear word when he calls his brother Jakub, David's father, on the phone: "We're fucked, bro. At least save David." Then he promptly hangs up. He refers to the possibility of contacting Mr Winton and getting David to Great Britain. Then Sam shoots himself.
  • Shiksa Goddess: Samuel Silberstein is engaged to Eva Marie, a beautiful blond woman who is Christian. She loves him but her father persuades her to leave him because of the persecution the Jewish are facing.
  • Shotgun Wedding: David's sister Hedvika gets pregnant and hastily marries her boyfriend Robert. He wants them to emigrate when there's still time, but her parents disagree and forbid her to leave the country because of her pregnancy.


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