Curiously, communist authorities in Eastern Bloc countries frequently allowed "subversive" films to be made, but then withheld them from circulation. Only rarely was production of one of these halted in mid-stream. This is one of those rare films that were begun and then stopped. The director completed it twenty years later, and showed it at the Venice Film Festival in 1990. However, the aging process has also dimmed the memories of the insults to dignity which the film skewers, so that the full meaning of the film is likely only to be accessible to Slovaks who lived through the late '60s and the '70s in that country. The original story, an edenic ménage à trois is broken up by the appearance of people from outside its happy confines. This romance is framed by a story (the '80s footage) in which one of the members of that original trio has been ejected from his antique car during an accident, and is lying in the snow recalling the better days of his youth.
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