Karline Manzelstva (1980)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Czechoslovakia  |  
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In this up-and-down comedy, the heroine Karla (Ewa Dalkowska) wants to be free of her dysfunctional family and the only way to do it is to get married and move out. She lives in a small village, so she sets her sights on an eligible bachelor from a remote mountain area, a place where she will be safe from her wacky family. Her father is consumed with, and consumes, rabbits -- life has nothing else to offer him. Her mother's mission seems to be to know everything that Karla's older sister is doing, and the older sister really wants nothing more than to watch television and eat, preferably at the same time. Karla's plan works and she is soon married, pregnant, and far away from her family -- then tragedy strikes. Her husband dies of a heart attack and is no sooner buried than Karla's family is back with her again. Once more, Karla needs to escape and so she marries the town organist -- a move that invites problems she could not have foreseen. The organist is caught in a dilemma of choosing his musical arts over business, or business over art -- and Karla's life with him is not exactly as she had imagined. Somehow, she must resolve her own situation once and for all.

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dysfunctional, escape, grief, marriage, widow/widower