Sluzobníci (original title)
1h 20m | Drama | Release date: March 2020 (Czech Republic)
The year is 1980. Michal and Juraj are students at a theological seminary in totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Fearing the dissolution of their school, the tutors are moulding the seminarians into a shape satisfactory to the ruling Communist Party. Each of the young students must decide if he will give into the temptation and choose the easier way of collaborating with the regime, or if he will subject himself to draconian surveillance by the secret police.
The sound, score, cinematography, and lighting in this film are all executed to the highest standard, with the cumulative effect of an enjoyable cinematic experience. The grim subject matter is conveyed in an atmosphere of creeping paranoia and danger, although the stately pace undercuts any true suspense.
The dilemma of keeping a religious school in existence within a totalitarian police state is the heart of the narrative, with the ancillary issue of the corruscating effect of communism on interpersonal relationships and individual integrity.
In sum, a bit of a grim slog at points, but a rewarding effort for those with the patience to see it through to the end.
Director: Ivan Ostrochovský
Writers: Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Marek Lescák, Ivan Ostrochovský
Stars: Samuel Skyva, Samuel Polakovic, Vlad Ivanov
Countries of origin: Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland
Also known as: Servants
Filming locations: Bratislava, Slovakia
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.49 GiB
Duration : 1 h 20 min
Overall bit rate : 2 639 kb/s
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