There’s an old-fashioned Hollywood sweep (and just a touch of Tinseltown schmaltz) in the latest film from Czech director Jan Sverak (”Kolya”), about two Czechoslovakian fighter pilots who escape their Nazi-occupied homeland to fight with the British RAF. But as these gung-ho flyboys shoot down German dogfighters, mourn their downed comrades, and fall for the same English beauty (Tara Fitzgerald), Sverak reworks familiar formulas with a deeply felt romanticism that’s all the more affecting for its stoic restraint. Next to this, a movie like Pearl Harbor feels like a great big beer commercial.
Genre: Drama, War; Starring: Tara Fitzgerald, Krystof Hadek, Ondrej Vetchy; Director: Jan Sverák; Author: Zdenek Sverak; Release Date Wide: 12/28/2001; Runtime (in minutes): 115; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted June 7 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT
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