Keby som mal pusku (1971)

Genres - Drama, Fantasy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Czechoslovakia  |  
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This Czechoslovak film is set in Slovakia, which was harshly governed by the occupying Nazis. It follows the life and daydreams of a 12-year-old boy during that period, and does not clearly segregate truth from fantasy. The boy plays games by himself, and frequently fantasizes about facing down the local fascists, a bullying neighbor, and the Germans. "If I had a gun," he says to himself, "I would do this..." When his uncle, a smuggler, leaves a gun with him, he fantasizes about killing the local German commander. Perhaps he did.

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atrocity, daydream, fantasy, occupation [military], reality, war, war-atrocities