From Jan Svankmajer, award-winning director of Faust, comes a dark, surreal fable about parental responsibility. Bozena and Karel long to have a baby; so does little Alzbetka, their next-door neighbour in need of a playmate. One day, Karel uproots a tree stomp that looks like a child and, after he's whittled it into a baby-like form, Bozena's runaway maternal desires bring it to life. Little Otik (as they name it) has an insatiable appetite, devouring first the cat and then the postman. In desperation, Karel locks the monstrous tree-child in the cellar to starve it to death, but unbeknownst to them Alzbetka adopts the changeling. She feeds Otik in secret, offering him the building's residents when leftovers aren't enough.

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Little Otik (2000)

Horror/Fantasy/Animation/Drama/Comedy

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From Jan Svankmajer, award-winning director of Faust, comes a dark, surreal fable about parental responsibility. Bozena and Karel long to have a baby; so does little Alzbetka, their next-door neighbour in need of a playmate. One day, Karel uproots a tree stomp that looks like a child and, after he's whittled it into a baby-like form, Bozena's runaway maternal desires bring it to life. Little Otik (as they name it) has an insatiable appetite, devouring first the cat and then the postman. In desperation, Karel locks the monstrous tree-child in the cellar to starve it to death, but unbeknownst to them Alzbetka adopts the changeling. She feeds Otik in secret, offering him the building's residents when leftovers aren't enough.

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Cast
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Veronika Zilková

Bozena
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Jan Hartl

Karel
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Jaroslava Kretschmerová

Alzbetka´s Mother
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Pavel Nový

Alzbetka´s Father
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Kristina Adamcová

Alzbetka
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Dagmar Stríbrná

Pani spravcova (mrs. caretaker)
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Zdenek Kozák

Mr. Zlabek
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Gustav Vondracek

Mladek, the postman
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Arnost Goldflam

Gynaecologist
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Jitka Smutná

Bulankova, the social worker
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Jirí Lábus

Policeman at station
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Radek Holub

Young postman
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Jan Jirán

Karel´s co-worker
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Zdenek Palusga

Uniformed policeman
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Frantisek Polata

Plainclothes policeman
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Vaclav Jezek

Plainclothes policeman
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Tomás Hanák

Radio presenter (voice)
Crew
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Jan Svankmajer

Director
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Little Otik (Otesanek)

(DVD)

1/21/2003

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