Banned and buried for nearly two decades for its subtle yet powerful critique of the Communist Party, this is a tightly controlled chamber drama/paranoid thriller.
The film is about a bitter married couple. The husband is a a senior official of the ruling Communist regime. One night, after they return home after attending a political party dinner, they notice that their home has been broken into. More such occurrences gradually lead them to believe that they are under surveillance by their own government.
The Ear is extraordinarily tense and claustrophobic. And this feeling of unease is heightened by the utilization of first-person point of view. The result is very much like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, to which this has rightly been compared. Both Radoslav Brzobohatý and Jiřina Bohdalová are equally remarkable in their respective roles. This is one of the greatest Czech movies I've ever seen.