Tři bratři ( Three Brothers)

Tři bratři is a Czech musical Fairy Tale film from 2014 directed by the wonderful Jan Svěrák. This film is a spinoff of some of our most beloved fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty, also known as Briar Rose, Little Red Riding Hood, and a Czech version of Cinderella. I normally do not like modern musical fantasy films that much, but I adored this film! It might have a little bit to do with the fact that I love the beautiful sing-song Czech language. I especially appreciated the sweet voice of Little Red Riding Hood. And many of the musical scenes had me squealing with delight! 😊😊

This film is not a commercial film, so there are no computerized special effects, well a very very few but nothing to speak of, something that I very much appreciate. I loved all the little well-thought out details, like the witch’s cottage on the murky pond, the big bad wolf, the beautifully folksy decorated inside of Cinderella’s house, and granny’s adorable forest cottage. Everything with its own Czech flair. I also loved the costumes and the beautiful Czech people with their make-up free angelic looks and natural hair. It is a breath of fresh air from the, in my opinion, over-glamorized Hollywood fantasy films with all their high-tech special effects. I also loved how the fairy tales were not made into politically correct modern stories. They were rather made humorous, but not in a mocking way, rather in a sweet deliciously can’t-stop-grinning-ouch-my-cheeks-hurt kind of way.😄

Tři bratři is definitely different, and might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially those who love big Hollywood productions like the new versions of the Disney classics, but if you, like me, love seeing movies from different countries, to see a glimpse of another way of telling stories, and very unique and beautiful cinematography, then you will definitely appreciate this little gem!

Of course, five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kooky ( Kuky se vraki)

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Do you believe that the forest is full of tiny creatures, invisible to us humans, but very much alive and busily leading wonderful and extraordinary lives in between bushes and trees? Have you ever thought you saw something, just a tiny nut-shaped head or a brown stick-body, peeking up from the woodsy wayside? Then this is is the film for you!

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Kooky is a Czech fantasy film from 2010 combining puppet animation, stop motion and live action, to bring you the most amazing little story you’ve ever seen on screen. It has all the magic I love, artistry, imagination, comic lines and endearing eccentric characters! And it’s completely free of computerized animation and special effects!

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The story is about a little red teddy bear named Kooky who finds himself alone on a garbage dumpster. He has to use his wit and imagination to escape the guardians of the dumpster, and flee in to the magical forest world, where he meets the captain, a half blind guardian car racer who needs Kooky’s help to save a family of bird stuck on a tractor.

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Together, they embark on a magical adventure filled with fire, snow, river crossings, wet stuffing, bottle-melting prisons, and a villain who wants to take over the guardianship of the entire forest!

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This film had me laughing out loud, tearing up, smiling, cheering and applauding! It is exactly the kind of movie I just adore!

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Again please! 😄😄

Of course five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Whale Rider

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Whale Rider is a New Zealand family drama film from 2002. The story is about a young Maori girl Paikea, who feels the calling of her ancestors to be a leader of her people, however being a girl, she is not permitted by her grandfather to follow this calling, as old Maori customs states that only a firstborn son can inherit the leadership. But Paikea, or Pai, as she is called, will not give up on her calling, and risks defying and dishonor her deeply respected and dearly loved grandfather to be true to herself and the whispers in her heart.

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I loved this movie! It shows, in such a gorgeous and sensitive way, the importance and beauty of old traditions, but how they, in order to keep alive in a modern world, need to be revised to stay true to the new wisdom of our age. I love how Pai listens to her heart, and even though that means defying her grandfather, she still continues to love and respect him. The film shows us, that not all rebellious acts are selfish, that following a calling is not about ego or individualism, it is much much deeper than that, and is rooted in something that far exceeds our understanding of the world. Something we have to stay true to, even if it will hurt the people who love us.

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The ending of this movie was so beautiful it had my crying like a baby! And don’t get me started on the music! It instantly transported me to my own inner sanctuary and touched me deeply.

This must be one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen,
and I highly recommend it!