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We Have Never Been Modern

We Have Never Been Modern

We Have Never Been Modern

Dir. Matej Chlupácek
117 min

The discovery of a dead intersex infant amidst the rubble in the newly built factory town of Svit in 1937 sends shockwaves through a society fixated on only one kind of progress. This masterfully-crafted drama about privilege, prejudice and gender identity features a memorably tart-tongued heroine in pregnant Helena (Eliška Krenková), the beautiful young wife of slick factory manager Alois (Miroslav Konig). Helena, who dropped out of medical school, is serving as a nurse for a few hours each day at the factory. As she follows up on her own theory about the dead infant with her former mentor, and confronts the fears and biases of her new social coterie, her illusions about the happy life that awaits her soon perish. The smartly-written film encompasses a character study, a marital drama and a detective mystery, while also dropping hints about the historical disaster soon to come. –Alissa Simon

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 117 min
Country/Region: Czechia, Slovakia
Language: Czech, Slovak
Print Source: LevelK
Tags: Drama, LGBTQIA+, Mystery, Thriller

Cast/Crew

Director: Matej Chlupácek
Producer: Matej Chlupácek, Maja Hamplová
Cinematographer: Martin Douba
Screenwriter: Miro Šifra
Editor: Pavel Hrdlicka
Composer: Simon Goff
Principal Cast: Eliska Krenková, Miloslav König, Richard Langdon, Martha Issová, Milan Ondrik, Ladislav Hampl, Luboš Veselý, Marián Mitaš, Iveta Dušková, Viktória Petrášová, David Hártl, Anton Šulík, Ján Jackuliak

Showtimes

The Main 2

Monday, April 15th

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Tuesday, April 23rd