Czech émigré Milos Forman directs this endearing mood-pleasing story of broken promises, shattered hearts, and the universality of love. Andula, a young girl, follows a piano player named Milda to his parents' home in Prague. After having had a one-night stand with him when he came through her small working-class town on a gig, she mistakenly believed him when he invited her to meet him again. Of course, when she finally does catch up to him he is unreceptive, as are his ultra-conservative parents, who can barely survive the idea. After numerous attempts to confront him, Andula returns to her hometown and discovers how their relationship has been belittled by the boy's description to his parents. Forman captures the sixties precisely, which makes the film a joy to watch. The anti-romantic but comic tone exemplifies the Czech New Wave movement. The effortless screenplay is penned by Milos Forman's longtime friends Vaclav Sasek and Ivan Passer, based on a story by Jaroslav Papousek.
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