Christmas makes me melancholic. And that’s why I need a good comedy. This one wasn’t a really huge international success (to be honest, it wasn’t even a huge national success) but it’s one of my favorite movies.
What is it about? That’s not really a hard question to answer. It’s a romantic comedy after all. A girl, Laura, who is in a serious relationship meets another guy, falls in love with him betraying her boyfriend with him in the process, only to cheat on the new guy with someone else. In the end though, she realizes that she loves the second guy and returns to him just in time to spend Christmas with him. And she’s telling the whole story to other women at the hairdressers. We also learn some things about Laura’s mother, Jana, who is “a little nuts” and hates Czech men.
So what makes this movie so special? It’s the humour that is so typical for Czech movies, the irony above the whole story and the sometimes even grotesque scenes. I’m afraid that many foreigners who haven’t spend much time in the Czech Republic might not understand this type of humour and take it too seriously. Well, if you decide to watch this movie, please don’t make the same mistake. Enjoy the sarcasm and irony, embrace it, love it.
If you don’t feel like watching a movie, you can always choose one of Michal Viewegh’s novels. This movie was based on one of those, A Women’s Novel (which is a far better name than From Subway With Love).
Short clip from the movie: English lesson
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the bab.la team!