- Actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Borivoj Navrátil
- Directors: Ole Christian Madsen
- Format: PAL, Anamorphic, DTS Surround Sound, Dolby, Widescreen
- Language: Danish
- Subtitles: English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Nordisk Film
- DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2007
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001AZ4Q0O
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,203 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Denmark released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Danish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Danish ( DTS 5.1 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A middle-class, Danish husband and wife, Christoffer and Maja, travel from Denmark to the Czech Republic to bring home the body of Christoffer's late father. Despite the proximity of the two countries, the couple may as well be on another planet. A request for an electrical adaptor results in a maid appearing with an ironing board; every official Christoffer meets commiserates with him at great length about his loss, despite the fact that he hadn't spoken to his estranged father in years and still harbours intense feelings of resentment towards him. As they move from one nightmarish, bureaucratic misadventure to the next, it becomes increasingly clear that the pair has their own baggage. And their secrets have far more after-effects than any cultural differences they encounter. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Toronto International Film Festival, ...Prague ( Prag )
Top customer reviews
Fun is certainly not the word you would use to describe `Prague', but it does have a lot going for it. For one it stars the magnetic Mads Mikkelson, increasingly one of the best actors of his generation. Here he plays a broken man whose wife his leaving him and whose father he hates. We follow his bleak journey through a slightly psychedelic Prague - where does his madness end and the grief begin. Elsewhere, the performances are slightly weaker, Stine Stengade as the wife is unable to bring enough sympathy to her character to counteract her actions in the film.
I was also a little unsure of the tone that director Ole Christian Madsen was going after. When exploring relationships in a `kitchen sink' style the film works, but at times Madsen allows the film to float into fantasy. The film bobs between Loach and Lynch, never truly choosing one type of genre or the other. This makes the film an interesting watch, but not an easy one. The constant dry tone means there is little impetus and it really is just an exploration of a man, with few conclusions. This may appeal to some, but I would have liked slightly more narrative.
This is a subtitled film; they are clear to read.
It soon becomes apparent that transporting the body home is not the main objective of the trip but rather an exercise to try and save their marriage of 14 years or maybe even trying to find out whether it is worth saving.
The two leads do a fine job with the roles. There is sadness, but also some humour and a feel that even though their marriage is on the rocks, they have been together for so many years and know each other so well that there is a kind of "couply togetherness" still surrounding them.
Christoffer is not a "man of big emotions" as one of their new acquaintances remarks quite soon after meeting him and the only insight into how bad he is really feeling is how many of the things he try to do just don't work out. Everything is difficult and frustrating. Maja, on the other hand, is much more open with her feelings, but she has given up communicating with Christoffer and although she still loves him, she is probably also the one that has the biggest distance to travel if they want to make it work.
As mentioned in the approx. half hour Behind the Scenes extras (in English), Prague plays a role in the movie as well because it is so different to Christoffer and Maja's usual life and it has an almost mythical feel to it. The language and cultural barriers makes it even more frustrating and difficult for them but at the same time it is also what helps them come to a conclusion at the end.
In addition to the Behind the Scenes extras, there is also a Commentary Track (in Danish only) where the Director talks about Prague and the atmosphere around the movie.
A quiet, but emotional and interesting, movie about an ordinary couple that love each other but are trapped in a bad relationship
There are several moments of understated humour in what is otherwise an incredibly moving bittersweet movie. I would not hesitate to recommend this film, and suspect anyone who is in/has been in a long-term relationship will recognise immediately aspects of their own behaviour in how the couple act over the course of the few days. Truly believable, brutally honest, and sometimes uncomfortable viewing.
Mostly Danish, with some English and a sprinkling of Czech.
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