In love with a girl that smells of oranges while in a complicated relationship with his father, Darek is gentle, strong and devoted to his little sister and their herd of horses. Darek’s world is a story about the joy and pain of growing up in the isolated yet beautiful Lusatian Mountains. Here, horses are not expensive specimens of racing stables but beings you should care for and love. Not even that is enough in life though, as Darek finds out nearing the Summer’s end, closing his childhood definitely. However, just like any ending, this is a start of something new. This is an adaptation of the book, “The Orange Days,” which has won literary prizes in Europe and been published in five languages.
With frayed ears, knots and oranges for three. However, due to the amazing nature and the beautiful camera, I was able to enjoy the film. But the less I focused on the plot and the dialogues and watched the mise-en-scène, the better the experience increased. Some dialogues hurt a lot, actors sometimes fail, postsynchrones and dubbing of German actors are tragic. A number of storylines, none of which get a lot of space, and paradoxically, despite many themes, the film is simply boring in 90 minutes. It is rather the material for one season of a feel good series, where all the story lines could end elegantly in peace.
Director: Ivan Pokorný
Writer: Iva Procházková (novel “Uzly a pomerance”)
Stars: Tomás Dalecký, Emilie Neumeister, Stanislav Majer
Countries of origin: Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
Languages: Czech, German, Slovak
Also known as: The Scent of Oranges
Filming locations: Marenicky, Czech Republic
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 1.92 GiB
Duration : 1 h 28 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 3 116 kb/s