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LEC Movie night: Divided We Fall (Musíme si pomáhat)

  • Aug 22, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

A man and a woman battle with deceit and infidelity as they struggle to survive Hitler's fascist regime in this 2000 Czech drama by director Jan Hrebejk.  Marie and Josef Cizek are a couple living in a small Czechoslovakian village during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Marie and Josef's marriage is showing signs of strain as a result of the political tensions surrounding them, as well as frustrations over their inability to have children due to Josef's sterility.

When a neighbouring Jewish family is deported and sent to Theresienstadt, their son David manages to escape, and the Cizeks warily agree to hide him in their home. An acquaintance of the couple, Horst Prohazka, has become a Nazi collaborator and a minor local functionary with the party; he's never made a secret of his interest in Marie, and he now uses his new authority to pay a number of uninvited visits to the Cizeks' modest home.

Marie and Josef begin to suspect that Horst knows they're hiding David, so when Horst asks the couple to board a Nazi clerk in their spare bedroom, they have to quickly fabricate a plausible excuse to keep him away. Marie tells Horst they need the spare room as a nursery, because they will soon be expecting a baby. Now, in order to make the lie real, Marie must convince David to impregnate her; this will keep the Nazis at bay and allow her to have the baby she's wanted, but it drives an even deeper wedge between herself and Josef.

Awards: Nominated for an Oscar.  15 wins and 3 nominations.

The director Jan Hrebejk won the Fipresci Prize at the Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema for "daring an approach to the theme of collaboration which is rarely seen in contemporary film, as well as for the simple human statement that good people can be found on both sides of historical barricades".

Running time: 120 minutes

The movie will start at 7.30pm, but there is enough space for you to join us beforehand and make use of the bar and space.

Please note that we show this movie for educational purposes within our club.  This is a strict members only event.  Please do not embarrass yourself (and us) by bringing a guest, who we would need to turn away.

Please note that we ask members for a contribution of £3 to allow us to budget for future events.  Your support is very much appreciated! Thanks.

The upstairs bar will be opened for us from 7.00pm and please order any drinks and food at this bar.  Please note that the kitchen will close at 9.00pm, so if you want to have food you will need to order before then.


London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events. If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immediate ban, especially when it comes to our most popular events such as this one.

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  • Krisztina

    It was very interesting how the film managed to depict everyday tragedy and constant fear, counterbalanced with humour. I think this attitude of the makers was also very brave.
    Great choice, thank you! :-)

    August 25, 2013

  • Brian

    Very amusing film despite the dark context. Was expecting further complications ie hiding the fact the baby was Jewish from the Nazi Dr Fischer after proving to everyone the mother was indeed pregnant. Some truly scary scenes with the shakey camera sequences. A great choice. I can see why it was nominated for an award.

    August 23, 2013

  • Marion

    I had an interesting chat with Liam about how you would decide in the same situation. We're lucky not to have been put through a similar experience. I expected a more dramatic movie and was pleasantly surprised by the humour.

    August 23, 2013

  • Santiago

    Nice one. I liked, the way people behave in hard situation.
    What was the right thing to do?
    Support the Nazis and save David?
    Ask your wife to get pregnant to survive? Or not to collaborate but shout Jew to avoid problems? Very interesting.

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Colin

    Very good film, one of the best of this genre.

    August 23, 2013

  • Beata

    I wish I succeeded in finding some taste in this production eventually:(

    August 23, 2013

  • Maja

    4 stars for the film and 5 for catching up with all of you. The film was good, worth seeing but I have seen similar work from other directors who have worked on the same topic in previous decades. I do agree with Julian about the setting, Life is Beautiful and other subjects we discussed :)

    August 23, 2013

  • Julian

    This was a great movie with excellent acting. Although most of the film was set inside the same 4 walls, it never lost my attention, which is a credit to the director.

    The subject matter was handled sensitively whilst still managing to carry a lot of humour.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    August 22, 2013

  • Julian

    Great film!

    August 22, 2013

  • Ozgur G

    Sorry I can't make it on time with this foot :( hope y'all enjoy it..!

    August 22, 2013

  • Marcello

    Working late, don't think I'll make it

    August 21, 2013

  • Laura T.

    I'd like to attend this event

    August 14, 2013

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