On the Roof
2019 Jirí Mádl, Czech Republic, 97 min.
With Alois Švehlík, Duy Anh Tran
- Fri, Mar 27th 2:00pm
- Thu, Apr 2nd 6:00pm
A crusty retired schoolteacher and a Vietnamese immigrant on the run from enslavement in a Prague grow-op find an unexpected synergy in this poignant comedy-drama. Successfully talking Song (Tran) down from an intended suicide leap from his apartment-building roof, Rypar (Švehlík) warily offers him shelter for the night. Defiantly without family or friends, the old man lets curiosity and loneliness get the better of him. The single night becomes many, and it engenders an odd-couple friendship when the young interloper proves useful around the house. Director Mádl (TO SEE THE SEA) resists easy stereotypes and pat solutions when Rypar develops an ill-advised scheme to lure the pretty stranger down the hall into a green-card marriage with Song, and Song takes it upon himself to delve into his host’s past. In Czech and Vietnamese with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Dawson Productions. (BS)