(Un)censored dialogues

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Year
2005
Country
  • Czech Republic
Duration
26min
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(Un)censored dialogues starts with a photograph of a pregnant woman and then another of a mother and her young daughter, the voiceover of the mother says: ‘I wanted you so badly. I got you by praying. No, not praying. I fought for you.’

The director Olga Špátová, the daughter, sets up (Un)censored dialogues from the beginning as a fight or confrontation, but a good-natured one, between her and her mother, also called Olga who is also a documentary maker. The mother and daughter, two directors, two generations, discuss issues that are framed by these relations of family, profession and age as friendly duel. Key themes that develop over the course of the film centre on the social hierarchies of men and women, disputes over documentary film, maintaining a strong sense self, unfulfilled desires, ageing, and the need for love and recognition. While the pair never settle on a particular area or line of agreement, a point that gives the film its energy, they meet in their mutual respect and love for one another.

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