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Little Otik(Otesánek)

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Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Japan · 2001
2h 12m
Director Jan Švankmajer
Starring Veronika Žilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový
Genre Comedy, Horror, Drama

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real.

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Variety by Deborah Young

An unsettling piece of filmmaking whose grimly vivid images are guaranteed to give impressionable viewers nightmares.


New Times (L.A.) by Gregory Weinkauf

In the realm of B-movies about messing with nature, it's as enjoyable as "Frankenstein Unbound," and unlike, say, "A.I." it's intentionally creepy. It's also occasionally masterful.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

This comic horror story rivals A.I. as the year's creepiest representation of maternal love -- partly because it naturalizes the Frankenstein story in terms of human procreation.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Little Otik is too outre not to turn off some, but for those who can go the increasingly macabre distance, its sheer power to confound can be enthralling.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

Should be required viewing for prospective parents still sitting on the spermatazoan fence; after all, you're going to need a good sense of humor, aren't you?


Philadelphia Inquirer by Steven Rea

Rife with dark humor, Little Otik presents a cautionary variation of the creation myth, and a warning that tampering with the natural order of things may not be such a wise idea.