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by Juraj Nvota


This gentle story of temptation, secrets and helplessness brought on by the search for love begins in the fall of 1933 when the superficial calm in a small idyllic Slovak town is disturbed by the arrival of a taciturn girl named Valentina. Even though she is only now learning to be a woman, she unintentionally reminds others how important it is to live life responsibly.

international title: Cruel Joys
original title: Krute' Radosti
country: Slovakia, Czech Republic
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Juraj Nvota
film run: 104'
release date: SK 03/10/2002, CZ 02/03/2003
screenplay: Scarlet Čanakyová, Juraj Nvota
cast: Táňa Pauhofová, Milan Mikulčík, Ondřej Vetchý, Anna Šišková, Ady Hajdu, Július Satinský
cinematography by: Ľubica Salamon-Čekovská
film editing: Alois Fišárek
art director: Peter Čanecký
music: Ľubica Salamon-Čekovská
producer: Marian Urban
production: ALEF Film & Media Group, Total Help Art, Czech Television - Česká televize, Film Service Slovakia, UN Film, Slovenská televize
backing: Czech State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography, Ministry of Culture Slovakia, Culture Fund Slovakia
distributor: Falcon
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