Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Who's Afraid of the Wolf (Kdopak by se vlka bal): Maria Prochazkova

LFF: Every night, Terezka's mother reads her the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Although it gives her bad dreams, it is her favourite story. But a crisis begins to develop in her apparently stable family life. A triangle drama develops as her mother, a promising singer who gave up her career to get married, is encouraged by her mother to re-establish relations with her former boyfriend, a successful musician. Simon, a friend from nursery school, suggests to Terezka that her mother may be an alien. As the domestic drama enacts itself in the 'real' world, Terezka's interpretation merges it with the world of fairy tales and imagination. Writer-director Maria Prochazkova ('Shark in the Head') is also an animator, and here treads a delicate path on the border of fantasy, supplementing her story with drawings and animation. Beautifully handled, it is a film of considerable charm,considerably enhanced by its lush visuals and Jan P Muchow's impressive score. It is not a children's film, notes its director, but one for adults to watch with children.

MGP: The fairy tale element is not overly relevant except as an indication of the daughter's reactions to the adult conflicts around her. The conflict is not so much that the wife wants to resume her singing career but rather that her mother is encouraging her to do so with the biological father of her daughter. She does this as far as agreeing to go to Japan with him, this being where he has his base, getting as far as the airport before events make her realise that home is not only best but what she really wants. A pleasant little melodrama but no more.

1 comment:

pppatty said...

Big disappointment. The blurb made it sound as if there would be more fantasy elements of which there were very, very few.