It is the 1960s and a young, idealistic teacher starts his career in a youth detention centre where he is confronted with the hypocrisy of his uneducated colleagues and murderous aggression of the inmates. One of the banned Czech movies, shelved by the government before it could be finished. (Summer Film School)

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anglais This is concentrated depression that occurs only exceptionally in Czech cinema. Practically every shot, every location, and every film character looks like they are from the very bottom. The black and white camera only emphasizes the hopeless environment and chooses places where the world economic crisis, war, and all possible miseries raged. In this film, normal human joys are hardly present, and at most we see unfulfilled desires. The environment of the educational institution is depressing, even though the script does not allow for any exceptional brutality among the wards. However, tension builds up throughout and a series of disturbing hints culminate in a chilling ending. This is the most interesting film by Hynek Bočan, which, in my opinion, is only surpassed by Honour and Glory in his filmography. After the director encountered problems with his first two tragic films, he chose a different conflict-free direction for his work. Overall impression: 85%. ()

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