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The Way Out

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Petr Václav’s perceptive and unconventional study of a Czech Roma family features a magnetic performance by Klaudia Dudková as its determined heroine.


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  • Director Petr Václav
  • Producers Jan Macola, Milos Lochman, Tom Dercourt, Sophie Erbs
  • Screenwriter Petr Václav
  • With Klaudia Dudova, David Istok, Sara Makulova
  • Czech Republic-France 2014
  • 102 mins
  • Sales Premium Films

Žaneta lives in a prefabricated housing block with her partner David, their daughter and Žaneta’s younger sister. David reluctantly wants to resort to crime, at the expense of a racist politician, but Žaneta refuses to follow that path. However, their situation is desperate. A case study of a Roma family and the problems faced in their attempts to live a normal life, they fall into what director Petr Václav describes as the ‘Roma social trap’: racism, prejudice, lack of qualifications, problems with benefits and officials, debt, and hellish living conditions. However, this is much more than a ‘social problem’ film. Featuring a magnetic performance by Klaudia Dudová as Žaneta and impressively shot by Stépan Kucera, The Way Out is a striking and deeply moving film by Václav, who previously directed the acclaimed Marian, about the education of Roma children.

Peter Hames

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