Smiles of sad men / Usmevy smutnych muzu

2018, New Czech Films -

Smiles of sad men / Usmevy smutnych muzu

A new drama comedy now available on DVD.

Úsměvy smutných mužů brings out stories of successful men, who have hit rock bottom of their life through the bottom of a bottle. The very bottom... the only way to go is up. During their struggle with booze, Josef meets Honza, a former triathlon representative, and Ironman, a participant in the world’s toughest race. Official and genius mathematician Milan believes he is an ambassador from space. Someone has been betrayed by his wife, someone played in German gay porn, and also Tomas has his story. He went too far in a relationship with his stepdaughter. For various reasons, they were all drinking alcohol in a style of the big leagues, someone at home, another as a tramp in a pub. Under the supervision of a harsh senior doctor and in the solid regime of rehab, they realize how easy it is to become an alcoholic and how difficult the path from addiction is. But what if there is no longer a way out of addiction and the only chance is to replace alcohol with something else? What about running a marathon?

I was very curious to see this movie. Nevertheless, I did not expect it to go that deep and it really struck me. I wanted to run away from the cinema in the middle of the film. I had no problem with the director and actors were good. However, the film was very brutal and it dragged me into the story. The reality of everyday life hit me. There is so many of those interesting characters and their storylines, that they can not get into a 90-minute film. This is a film for those, who seek questions. And surely there is a lot of them. What I did not like were the damned filters and disturbing cuts. Overall, great actors' performances. David Švehlík really surprised me, as he played like a professional. Jaroslav Dušek appeared here as an utter acting wonder. He must be a real expert on this kind of characters. Overall, I consider this film an adept for a great contemplation.