The film is set in a small Slovak town in the late 1970s and early 1980s and tells the story of young Martin, who loves music, especially jazz. His in-laws are irritated by his practice sessions on the saxophone: jazz leaves them cold. Even Martins colleagues from the water purification plant where he works as a service engineer are unresponsive to his playing and, in their sneaky reports about him, they describe him as someone who only appreciates Western music. Martin starts earning a bit on the side in a local band which performs mostly middle-of-the-road stuff. Surprisingly, he finds his interest in more discriminating forms of self-expression is shared by the liberal Anča, who enchants him to the extent that he is even willing to sacrifice his family to be with her. Juraj Nvotas film is another adaptation of a prose work by Peter Pistanek (e.g. Rivers of Babylon, 1998, dir. Vlado Balco). More than simply a tale about the pursuit of a musical career, the film offers an intimate account of a man to whom music offers the chance to find personal freedom.
Juraj Nvota (54), stage, television and film director and also actor, graduated in stage direction from Bratislavas Academy of Performing Arts (1977) and then worked in Trnava, Martin and Bratislava. He regularly directs productions at Studio Ypsilon in Prague. As an associate professor (1999), he lectures at the drama and puppet-theatre faculty of Bratislavas Academy of Performing Arts. After experience working on documentaries and TV programmes he made his first feature film "Cruel Joys" (2002), a poetic story about adolescence.
- Year: 2008
- Country: Slovakia, Germany
- Genre: Comedy, drama
- Runtime: 99 min.
- Director: Juraj Nvota
- Screenwriter: Ondrej Šulaj
- Actors: Tana Pauhofova, Luboš Kostelny, Jan Budar, Marek Geišberg, Dorota Nvotova, Marian Geišberg, Jana Olhova, Petra Polnišova, Csongor Kassai
- Cinematographer: Alexander Šurkala
- Dialogs: Slovak
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English