Tears, sex, emotional blackmail, excessive anxiety – these are the usual weapons women use to manipulate their male partners. This collection of film stories by debuting director Olga Dabrowská portrays various women of various ages who are capable of ruining their own lives and those of their partners.

Czechia 2008
76 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The prologue of this collection of film stories sees children acting out their parts at a wedding: "newly-wed” Julinka won’t let her little "husband” Péťa go off and play with the other children. Three tales follow: teenager Angela fights a battle with her mother’s lover (the tale "Mother’s Angel”); the heroine of the story "Moral Imperative” solicits the freedom and respectability of a young priest; and in "Funeral” Boženka tyrannises her old, sick husband with her excessive anxiety, until she drives him literally "beyond the grave”. Debuting director Olga Dabrowská, who also wrote the script for her film, treats the theme of men manipulated by women. Signs of female egotism and hedonistic indulgence already appear in their childhood relationships and remain with them up until old age and death. In her paradoxical stories of women of all ages and backgrounds, the filmmaker demonstrates the mechanisms of human lives which can be frittered away with the abuse of such "incontrovertible” female weapons as tears, sex, emotional blackmail or self-sacrifice.

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Director: Olga Dabrowská
Screenplay: Olga Dabrowská
Cinematography: Diviš Marek, David Čálek
Music: Stefan Valdobrev
Sound: Peter Mojžiš, Jan Štindl
Editing: Krasimira Velitchkova
Production Design: Eva Bláhová
Producer: Čestmír Kopecký
Co-production: Petr Vopelka
Costumes: Ida Saudková, Kristýna Čuříková, Angela Skorodinská
Cast: Tereza Nvotová, Petr Jeništa, Marta Vítů, Josef Vystrčil, Libuše Balounová, Marika Procházková, Jiří Vyorálek, Vladimír Škultéty, Marta Vítů, Ester Kočičková
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.