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This sad comedy unfolds over a weekend at a country cottage, where two former classmates and classical musicians reunite after ten years. Instead of the traditional confrontation of two opposing approaches to life, Passer delivers a bittersweet mosaic imbued with subtle melancholy at the passing of time and dashed dreams. This dramatic comedy in which nothing very much happens – many times over – is founded on relationships, moods and details. Passer worked with Miloš Forman as a scriptwriter (on all of his Czech films) and directed only Intimate Lighting in his country, before emigrating to the US.
He directed only one feature film in Czechoslovakia before emigrating to the USA in 1968. There he made more than 20 films: Born to Win (1971), Cutter’s Way (1981), Haunted Summer (1988), etc. He worked on all of Forman’s Czech films as a scriptwriter.