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Buttoners

  • Comedy
  • 1997
  • Petr Zelenka
  • 108 mins

Summary

Twist of fate and the twists of mind of the characters (mostly couples) combine in just the right twinkled absurd way in the interweaving episodes of this comedy. Each of the characters gets a good shot at being sarcastic and each is a sorry loser at some point yet none is turned into the butt of the joke. The place is Prague and the time is August 6th, 1995, except for one episode, set 50 years earlier in unflyable rain in the city of Kokura, Japan.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Although this ingeniously structured portmanteau picture often recalls the surrealist antics of Luis Buñuel, Petr Zelenka's astute mix of satire, sci-fi and historical supposition owes more to the eccentric strain of Czech comedy that also inspires the likes of Jan Svankmajer. Starting with the atomic assault on Hiroshima, Zelenka relates six stories which gradually link together to form a mischievous thesis on the role of chance, coincidence, fate and forgiveness in everyday life. Featuring a gallery of offbeat characters, including a man who spits at trains and another who snips buttons off furniture, this is a gleefully quirky and superbly controlled film.

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Credits

Cast

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Radio 1 moderatorPavel Zajicek
GuestJan Haubert
Japanese man with spectaclesSeisuke Tsukahara
Japanese man with beardMotohiro Hosoya
Young Japanese manJunzo Inokuchi
Japanese womanSvetlana Svobodova
Franta, taxi driverFrantisek Cerny
Woman in taxiMichaela Pavlatova
Man in taxiJan Cechticky
PsychiatristVladimir Dlouhy
PatientMarek Najbrt
Honza, hostJiri Kodet
Sylvia, hostessInka Brendlova
Unsuccessful manRudolf Hrusinsky Jr
His wifeEva Holubova
Girl at seanceMariana Stojlovova
Girl at seanceBara Brodska
Girl at seanceJulie Stalpovskich
Girl at seanceBarbora Johnova

Crew

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DirectorPetr Zelenka

Details

Languages
English | Czech | Japanese
Guidance
Formats
Colour
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