Roman, the protagonist in Adam Sedlák’s debut feature, is a cyclist. He’s far too ambitious to just be a cog in the machine that works hard for the success of its leader. He has an obsession with getting back to his best form after an injury, so he trains hard, goes on a strict diet and even spends his nights in an oxygen tent he sets up in his apartment. None of this pleases his wife, who’s desperate to get pregnant. Both of them are strict and rigorous with their bodies, each in the name of a higher goal—together, but separately. The Czech director suggests that every obsession has its side effects, a price to be paid, but he leaves the film open-ended as to whether it’s worth the risk. A dark, minimalist drama with a body-horror poetry about it, made with great attention to detail—it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Cyril Kaplan, Krystof Kaplan, Jirí Konvalinka
Jirí Konvalinka, Tereza Hofová, Miroslav Hanus, Tomás Bambusek
Czech Republic, Slovakia