Thanlis’s review published on Letterboxd:
“A man is as he thinks. You can’t change that.”
A phenomenal exploration of life under totalitarian rule, wrought subtle to escape Czech Communist censorship. The cinematography is remarkable: fluid and eloquent. The camera is as terrified as its subjects.
Scene after scene left me gasping. The nightclub, reflecting desperation in every stray expression. The doctor’s attic, when he plays the violin. The basement.
This is worth hunting down.