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Year 1945. The second World War is over and the soldiers from the sisbanded army are returning home. Yet there is still no sign of Jože Malek.


100 min






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My Dad, the Socialist Kulak

Slovenian director Matjaž Klopčič has established himself with a series of refined dramas, the main trump card has been aesthetized proselytes. A bit of humour broke into his highly acclaimed film The Widowhood of Karolina Žašler (Vdovstvo Karoline Žašler, 1977), made on the draft of Tone Patrljič, so it must have been a reason for the director to renew his collaboration with him in a comedy entitled My Dad the Socialist Kulak (Moj ata socialistični kulak, 1987). It is the year 1945, World War II is over, and into the once prosperous Slovenian village, anyone covered by occupation wartime military obligation or being in partisan army are returning. The only one missing is Jože Malek (Polde Bibič), but soon they learn why: he left the German army and fled to the Red Army. Until then, his wife (Milena Zupančič) takes care of their two children and works as a wage earner with a wealthy farmer, who pays her not with the money but with the food for her children. This is by no means good enough for Vanč (Ivo Ban), a party committee activist, but there is no other way, because the single mother does not know other way to keep her family together. Suddenly, Jožef emerges, he has completely changed and turned from a once pious peasant into a revolutionary agitator. He immediately changes the name of his daughter Olga (Urška Hlebec) into Volga, throws away all religious symbols from the house, and gets repay by the new state by giving him a piece of land. But this is not enough for Jožef, he is constantly arguing with his neighbours, and it turns out that the land he received is only the cause of impending troubles. Folk comedy is a whole new genre in which Klopčič tested himself and it is significant that it was his penultimate cinema film, in the last one, Ljubljana the Beloved (Ljubljana je ljubljena, 1997), he returned to a topic that intrigued him more, growing up in the Slovenian metropolis during the 1930s and 1940s. Author: Nenad Polimac

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