This film from director Jirí Menzels is a nutty one. It features an old ex-prisoner reminiscing about his times as a waiter in a Prague hotel during World War II, his march to wealth and his subsequent downfall. The movie has a Chaplin feel to it (that is, if Chaplin had been allowed to show breasts and butts). Menzel has a talent for casting some of the most beautiful women to grace the screen in recent years, and his lead performers are enjoyable. The film has some awkward moments, and I still dont know what to think about a quick shot of a waiter fantasizing about having sex with Hitler. But the vibe and look of the film is interesting
this is certainly one of the more unique films you will see this year. Menzel is equally good with pleasant scenes and uncomfortable ones, with all of them maintaining a storybook quality. I suspect this one will be in the running for Best Foreign Film at the next Oscars.