Želary Movie Poster
User rating: 4.75

Release Date: October 15, 2004

On DVD/VOD: February 8, 2005

2h 28m | Drama

It is the 1940s and Czech lands have been occupied by the Nazis. Eliška is a young woman who was unable to complete medical school because the Germans closed the universities. She now works as a nurse in a city hospital. She is also involved in the resistance movement with her lover, the surgeon Richard, and their friend Dr. Chládek.

One night, a man from a rural mountain area is brought to the hospital with serious injuries and desperately needs a transfusion. Eliška is the only one with the same blood type. Her blood saves his life and a connection is formed between the two.

The resistance group that the doctors are involved in is discovered and hunted by the Gestapo and suddenly their lives are threatened. While Eliška's lover, Richard, flees the country overnight, the group quickly has to find a different safe haven for her. They ask Joza, the patient whose life Eliška saved with her blood, to hide her in his remote mountain cabin. Eliška is forced to leave her urban life and all at once become a new woman: Hana, the wife of a mountain man. Her new home is a wild mountain village called Želary, where time stopped 150 years ago.

Director: Ondrej Trojan
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Producer(s): Helena Uldrichová, Ondrej Trojan
Cast: Anna Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Jaroslava Adamová, Miroslav Donutil, Jaroslav Dusek, Iva Bittová, Ivan Trojan, Jan Hrusínksy
Writer(s): Petr Jarchovsky
Official Site: http://www.czech-tv.cz/specialy/zelary/

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