Krásno (2014) Czech Crime/Comedy, directed by Ondřej Sokol
Inspired by some bizarre real life events, Czech actors Ondřej Sokol and Martin Finger co-wrote (and Sokol also directed) a dark comedy, slightly resembling by its genre, style and themes the work of Coen brothers.
Two life-long friends Adam and Michal (played by the actors mentioned above) return to their birthplace, a small town called Šumperk. Both of them are living in Prague now, so they tend to see Šumperk and its inhabitants with an ironic contempt. They arrived there because Michal´s father is in hospital, in critical condition. He actually dies shortly after his son´s visit, and Michal now must to contact his stepmother Blanka (Jana Krausová), with whom he doesn´t have the best relations.
The thing is, several years ago Michal´s mother died under unclear circumstances, by drowning herself in titular lake Krásno. Michal and Adam are convinced that it was not an accident, but possibly a murder, planned and executed by the late father and his then mistress Blanka. Old conflicts are very soon revived and what follows is a cat-and-mouse game with some murderous results.
I did like the lightly delivered dark humour of it and also most of the performances (especially by Karel Roden and Jaroslav Plesl as a gay couple of funeral directors), but what I didn´t like so much, was a story development. You know, if the whole point seems to be to prove or disprove the presumption that Blanka murdered Michal´s mother, then it should be clearly said at the end if she did it or not. Except, it isn´t. Also, some minor characters are bit redundant for the story and I could happily live without them.
However, it wasn´t a bad movie and I certainly enjoyed its humour much more than a heavy-handed melodrama, which can be found in some other Czech films of the last decade (like, for example, films of Bohdan Sláma or Robert Sedláček). 7/10