Dark Blue World

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Released 2001

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Director:
Jan Sverak
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Having flown for the British Royal Air Force, Czech pilot Franta Sl?ma (Ondrej Vetchy?) finds himself imprisoned in a post-WWII totalitarian Communist labor camp for "betraying" his country. Rewinding this story, award-winning director Jan Sver?k takes us back to when Franta and his young prot?g? Karel Vojtisek (Krystof H?dek) escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to join the RAF in fighting the Germans. Frustrated at not being allowed to fly against the enemy until they can speak English and their RAF re-training is complete, a strong father/son bond between Franta and Karel quickly develops. After three months of training they are finally sent into combat, but the stress of the war, plus their mutual love for a married English woman, tests their strong friendship. DARK BLUE WORLD is a story about love, comradeship and sacrifice told with the nostalgic sentiment of classic Hollywood movies and the romance and historical backdrop of World War II.

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  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    Sverak's sheer technical finesse, and ability to spin on a dime between comedy and tragedy, the personal and the historical, makes Dark Blue World succeed where other similarly the...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    As it stands, Dark Blue World -- for all the considerable skills of the Sveraks and their colleagues on both sides of the camera -- occupies that treacherous territory between art ...

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    This could be called an art house version of "Pearl Harbor," except that sounds vaguely nutritious, like fat- free yogurt or a historical episode of A&E's "Biography." But Dark Blu...

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    Military & War, Love & Romance, Foreign Language