We Are Never Alone

Czech Republic/France, 2016
dir.
Petr Vaclav

In a non-descript small Czech town, a handful of people come together: a paranoid and rage-filled prison guard, his hypochondriac neighbour and the latter’s silent, despairing wife, a lovesick nightclub manager, and a stripper who is a single mom. Their encounters soon weave into a drama of explosive proportions that exceeds the provincial setting of this anonymous drive-through place.

The latest feature from Petr Vaclav, one of the foremost voices in Czech cinema, shifts from the realistic to the bizarre with a dark humour that doesn’t falter even in the most grotesque of circumstances. We Are Never Alone was awarded the Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury Award at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.

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