Closely Watched Trains (Ostre sledované vlaky) (1966, Czechoslovakia) Director: Jirí Menzel Starring: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr and Vlastimil Brodský Summary: An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform. Runtime: 93 min Rating: ★ ★ (2/5)
Oh look, another movie about ~emasculated~ dudes feeling ~lost~ and ~confused~. Apparently it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1967. Idk how… although I seem to be on my own in my dislike of this movie. Legit, I am reading the critic’s reviews of this thing and laughing my ass off. “Absurdist fun?” “An engaging, dry satire.” “Closely Watched Trains unfolds with the rhythm of a breeze, managing to be both funny and poignant in such an understated way that it doesn’t even seem to be trying.” Really? Really? I love dark, absurdist comedy just as much as the next pompous college student, but this movie was just not funny. The whiny kid does get shot at the end, though. It was pretty fulfilling for me on a spiritual level.