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Directed by Jan Hrebejk

Czech Republic

Released: 2009


100 minutes

A drama about family and politics, the role of memory in relationships, and that of jealousy, arrogance, love, loyalty and betrayal. Pavel, a distinguished psychiatrist is about to receive an award for his life’s work and his role as a dissident; his handsome wife and adoring grown daughter are pleased the honor is coming his way. But Ludek, his son-in-law, employed on a documentary crew filming Pavel, resents that his own family, rooted in Czechoslovakia’s Communist past, ended up on the wrong side of history --- while his wife’s is now la crème de la crème. When Ludek discovers that Pavel may have corroborated with the secret police in order to silence a romantic rival, the plot thickens immeasurably. KAWASAKI’S ROSE considers the ways in which the past never stops informing the present, especially in societies where secrets were the way of life, and professional or personal success could depend upon a single well-placed piece of information, be it true or false.



Kawasaki's Rose



Top Ten Film of the Year!
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan


Top Ten Film of the Year!
Newsweek - David Ansen


Best Film - Ecumenical Jury
Berlin International Film Festival 2010


Best Film - CICAE Jury
Berlin International Film Festival 2010



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