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by Jaroslav Vojtek

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The first feature film by celebrated documentary filmmaker, Jaro Vojtek, presents an authentic picture of damaged family relations, while illustrating that we are indeed closest with our closest ones, although the relationship may sometimes be too much to handle. Son, Marathon, Canary, and Dad – four short films which together create one, compact view of the diverse relations between parents and children. A father trying to cope with the inaccessible world of his autistic son, a young man who cannot bear the separation from his family, a boy living with an insensitive and tyrannical stepfather, a betrayed woman taking care of her dying father – each character copes with their difficulties in their own way. They choose to visit to a healer, escape from prison, go to a canary exhibition, take a trip to the sea. Are the characters trying to escape their problems, or are they trying to find a way of coming to terms with them? Each of the four short films is set in a different season. Together the films create a multilayered mosaic of relationships which reflect hopes, disappointments and decisions that we inevitably have to make. Only one thing is certain – life is what we get, not what we want…

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