Little Otik (2000)

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Director: Jan Svankmajer
Cast: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Novy


The dreams of a lonely girl in an apartment block of having a playmate look like being answered when her childless neighbours finally conceive. But the longed for child is in fact a tree stump with an insatiable and indiscriminate appetite!

The Review

Based on a putative folk tale, this is the Czech animator's first venture into more or less full-on live action feature film-making. The acting and action are broad, befitting the surreal tone of the piece, but one struggles to discern a point to the mayhem - though plenty of resonances abide (Eraserhead's griping infant, Frankenstein, the blancmange in Monty Python).