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FILM & ONLINE

I, OLGA HEPNAROVÁ

Dir Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb

Czech audiences must be familiar with the grim story of Olga Hepnarová, but midway through this New Wave-ish biopic, other viewers might be shocked by the sudden swivel into brutal darkness. Played with silent-movie-actress swagger by Michalina Olszanska, Olga initially comes across as a sexy queer rebel, baring her breasts to dance with women in bars and thoughtfully smoking an endless supply of cigarettes. When things get ugly, you can’t help wondering if all that hot sex earlier just placed us in problematic “crazy lesbian” territory. This hard-to-watch film just about works, as an indictment of a society that failed to protect its most vulnerable.

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