Podzimni Navrat (2001)

Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Road Movie  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - Czechia  |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A former Greek refugee takes a journey into the past in this moody drama. Stavros (Jiri Bartoska) was born in Greece during World War II, but like many Greek children he was exiled to Czechoslovakia in 1948 during a period of civil war in the country. After he grew to adulthood, Stavros returned to Greece and pursued a successful career as an architect, but his grandparents stayed behind, despite their fierce love for the land of their birth. After his grandmother and grandfather have passed on, Stavros decides to return to the former Czechoslovakia to claim their remains and bring them back for a burial in their homeland. However, the voyage proves to be more emotionally trying than Stavros imagined, as he finds himself reliving events from his youth, both happy and troubling. Podzimni Navrat received its North American premier at the 2001 Montreal Film Festival.