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Greedy Guts (2000)

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Release Date
• USA: Dec 19, 2001
• UK: 26 Oct 2001
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 14, 2006

Official Website:
Greedy Guts Website

Running Time
2 hours, 5 minutes

Country Czech Republic, UK, Japan

Studio Zeitgeist Films

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Other Titles
• Greedy Guts
• Little Otik

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Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Cult Classic, Experimental

Plot: Jan Svankmajer's fourth feature is the story of a thirtysomething couple who, despite their infertility, yearn to have a baby. When Karel (Jan Hartl), the husband, digs up a stump that resembles a newborn, he varnishes it and presents it to his wife, Bozena (Veronika Zilkova), hoping to comfort her and fill the void in their lives. To his astonishment, Bozena immediately begins treating the stump like a real child, and the two dub the stump Otik. Karel's astonishment grows when Bozena manages to nurse Otik into a mewling, living baby, a newborn with a wooden body and a voracious appetite. It isn't long before Otik devours the family cat and the postman, forcing the couple into a quandary. However, Alzbetka, their precocious pre-adolescent neighbor, has discovered the couple's secret by reading a Czech folk tale that parallels the strange occurrences next door, giving the young girl an idea of her own for Otik.

As in Svankmajer's superb 1996 film CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE, the director uses his trademark stop-motion animation sparingly and focuses on his characters' desires, invariably making them seem perverse (food is always particularly grotesque in Svankmajer's universe). Brilliant, funny, and frightening, LITTLE OTIK is a wonderfully entertaining and disturbing film.

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 Directed by
Jan Svankmajer
Neco z Alenky, Faust, Conspirators of Pleasure
 Written by
Jan Svankmajer
Neco z Alenky, Faust, Conspirators of Pleasure
Jan Hartl
My Sweet Little Village, Joachim, Put It in the Machine, The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians
Gustav Vondracek
Sekal Has to Die
Arnost Goldflam
The Inheritance or Fuckoffguysgoodbye, Boredom in Brno, Ruffiano and Sweeteeth
Radek Holub
One Hand Can't Clap, The Cow, Big Beat
Zdenek Palusga
Kozené slunce, Iguo Igua
Frantisek Polata
Faust, Conspirators of Pleasure
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