Home Care

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Czech Republic | 2015 | 92 minutes | Slávek Horák

This year's official Oscar® submission from the Czech Republic is the bittersweet tale of a home-care nurse with a variety of charmingly eccentric patients who is forced to step outside her comfort zone after realizing that she too could use some care. 

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Wryly humorous and bittersweet, this appealing humanist tale puts a poignant spin on that perennial staple of Czech cinema, the village dramedy. The action centers on a dedicated home-care nurse in South Moravia who puts everyone else's needs before her own. Vivacious, 50-ish Vlasta travels all over the countryside, visiting a variety of charmingly eccentric patients and dispensing compassion and conventional medicine in equal measure. An unexpected dramatic shift paves the way for director Slávek Horák to explore his underlying theme: an examination of what is important in life. Beautifully written and performed, the action always feels emotionally honest, the comedy never pandering. Horák--whose mother was a district nurse and who was an assistant director on Jan Sverák's Kolya--was lucky to cast three of Czech cinema's finest actors: Tatiana Vilhelmova, Boleslav Polivka, and the incomparable Alena Mihulova. 

Director Biography
Czech filmmaker Slávek Horák's career grew rapidly after his studies at the Prague Film School. His shorts have been selected for several fests, including Cannes. Home Care, his feature-length debut, was selected as the Czech Republic's submission to the 88th Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Language Film.

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  • Original Language Title: Domácí Péce
  • Director: Slávek Horák
  • Principal Cast: Alena Mihulová, Boleslav Polívka, Tatiana Wilhelmová, Zuzana Krónerová, Sara Venclovská
  • Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Producer: Slávek Horák
  • Screenplay: Slávek Horák
  • Cinematographers: Jan Štastný
  • Editors: Vladimír Barák
  • Music: Juraj Baláž
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2015 (Foreign Language Film), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 (Best Actress), Arras International Film Festival 2015 (Jury’s Special Mention Award), Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016 (FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Czech
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: M-Appeal