#131: Closely Watched Trains

criterion131JIRI MENZEL


The Czech New Wave is a wonderful period in film history to examine, and one of its most delightful gems is Jiri Menzel’s coming of age tale.  Growing up and realizing that life is so much more complex than the simple pleasures of youth is hard for everyone, but imagine doing it when the entire world is falling apart.  The consequences are harsh for a sweet young man who is simply trying to figure out how lovemaking works in this classic.

Listen to my episode of the podcast here:  PODCAST

My review of the film on my blog:  REVIEW

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