Jan Svankmajer is best known for his ground-breaking work in the field of stop-motion animation. In Little Otik, he attempts to move into the field of live-action direction, and succeeds admirably.
Little Otik is adapted from a Czech fairy tale called "Greedy Guts". It tells the story of a couple who are unable to have children, so the husband makes his wife a baby from a tree-stump to cheer her up. Then the baby starts to get hungry... Of course, things get extremely weird from here on in, and Svankmajer's expertise in the field of animation really comes to the fore.
This film is very, very disturbing - and I really wouldn't recommend watching it too soon after eating for reasons that will soon become apparent. However, you'll love it if you're looking for something a little different, and a little darker than your run of the mill hollywood fare.
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Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový
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