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Já, Olga Hepnarová (2016)

"My verdict is: I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty." Those were the famous words of the 22-year-old mass murderer Olga Hepnarová, who in 1973 drove a truck into a group of innocent people in Prague.

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Raised in Prague, Olga Hepnarová, a timid by nature and troubled child with no friends, was frequently bullied by her classmates. Living in such a strict family environment, feeling alone and unable to cope with life's issues, she gradually alienated herself, and as a result, Olga unable to fit in, she began feeling a raging hatred growing inside her, towards the indifference of a society that in the tragic end, left her destroyed by its people. Eventually, Olga rejected by everyone and marginalised, she meticulously plotted against society in silence, declaring her intention for revenge against her family and the world.. Written by Nick Riganas

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Based on the crimes of Olga Hepnarová (b. June 30, 1951) who on July 10, 1973 drove a rented truck into a group of about 25 people waiting for a tram in Prague, Czechoslovakia, all aged between 60 to 79, killing 8 of them. Before the murder, she sent a letter to two newspapers explaining her action as revenge for all the hatred against her by her family and the world. She was found to be sane and sentenced to death. The execution took place on March 12, 1975 in the Pankrác Prison in Prague. She was the last woman executed in Czechoslovakia. See more »

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Mother: To commit suicide you need a strong will, my child. Something you certainly don't have. Accept it.
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P.F. 1972, part I.
Music by Marián Varga
Performed by Collegium Musicum
album: Konvergencie
Opus 1971
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A great insight into a sick mind.
18 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

To fully appreciate this film one probably should have a minimum knowledge about psychiatry and of schizophrenia in general.

The main character in this film, Olga Hepnarova, is IMO one of the best depictions of a schizophrenic person I've ever seen in a movie. In this regard, the movie makers did an extraordinary good job. The atmosphere of the film is dark, yet the individual scenes are often banal and the dialogues short and often flat and trivial. This however is not of disadvantage to the movie as one would expect. It actually helps to unfold to the viewer the deep, but chaotic and hate-focused thoughts that go inside the mind of Hepnarova. The scenes where she contemplates the traumatizing experiences of her life are deep and sad, showing that she is a very complex and deeply thinking person, but at the same time they succeed to NOT depict her as a martyr, which she clearly fails to be. She despises society and is fond to do it a favor (by killing herself) only in her best life-time when she's deeply in love (with her lesbian lover). Hepnarova is evil, but in the movie it looks more like real-world-evil with its full complexity and context, not the common flat movie-evil known from pop-culture. This also adds to the uniqueness of the movie and probably makes many viewers to sympathize with her. Not to mention the great acting by Michalina Olszanska.

I would appreciate more family scenes in the film. I think it would be beneficial for a better understanding of Hepnarova's mind. In particular the roots of her hatred towards her family. But in conclusion I have to take my hat off to the movie makers, they exactly knew what they wanted to deliver and they delivered it. A sad depiction of a sick mind driven to the edge (partially by the society and partially by herself) until the bitter end.


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