A dark surreal fable about parental responsibility this film follows Bozena and Karel who long to have a baby. One day Karel uproots a tree stump that looks like a child and Bozena's runaway maternal desires bring it to life. It proves, however, to have an insatiable appetite as it devours both the cat and the postman. In desperation they lock it in the cellar to starve it but their next door neighbour feeds it secretly and is eventually forced to offer Karel and Bozena when leftovers aren't enough.
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From Jan Svankmajer, award-winning director of Faust
, comes a dark, surreal fable about parental responsibility. Borenza and Karel long to have a baby; so does Alzbetka, their next-door neighbour in need of a playmate. One day, Karel uproots a tree stump that looks like a child and, after hes whittled it into a baby-like form, Bozenas runaway maternal desire brings it to life. Little Otik (as they name it) has an insatiable appetite, devouring first the cat and then the postman. In desperation, Karel locks the monstrous tree-child in the cellar to starve it to death, but unbeknownst to them Alzbetka adopts the changeling. She feeds Otik in secret, offering him the buildings residents when leftovers arent enough.