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I, Olga (2016)

Já, Olga Hepnarová (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 24 March 2017 (USA)
"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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Roman Cílek (story), Tomás Weinreb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michalina Olszanska ... Olga Hepnarová
Martin Pechlát ... Miroslav
Klára Melísková ... Mother
Marika Soposká ... Jitka
Juraj Nvota Juraj Nvota ... Advocate
Martin Finger ... Dr. Hronec
Marta Mazurek ... Alena
Ondrej Malý ... Psychiatrist Spyrka
Petra Nesvacilová ... Iveta
Ivan Palúch
Gabriela Mícová ... Psychiatrist Rabska
Zuzana Stavná ... Sister
Jan Novotny Jan Novotny ... Judge
Viktor Vrabec ... Father
Malwina Turek Malwina Turek ... Gypsy Girl
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Raised in a strict family environment in Prague, Olga Hepnarová, a timid by nature and troubled child with no friends, was frequently bullied by her classmates. As a result, an utterly alienated Olga will gradually nurture a raging hatred towards an indifferent and faceless society--unbeknownst to her that pretty soon--she will be destroyed by the same element, she's been trying to avoid: its people. In the end, as Olga feels more and more rejected by everyone, a silent but meticulously-prepared plot against society will become her only means of retribution against an odious circle, an apathetic family, and the rest of the world. Written by Nick Riganas

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Language:

Czech | Slovak

Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eu, Olga Hepnarová See more »

Filming Locations:

Nowa Ruda, Dolnoslaskie, Poland See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Anna Próchniak was considered for the title part, eventually played by Michalina Olszanska. See more »

Quotes

Mother: To commit suicide you need a strong will, my child. Something you certainly don't have. Accept it.
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Referenced in DVTV: Klára Melísková (2016) See more »

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Piesne z kolovrátku: Tvoj sneh
Music by Frantisek Griglák
Lyrics by Kamil Peteraj
Performed by Collegium Musicum
Vocals by Frantisek Griglák
album: Konvergencie
Opus 1971
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A chilly experience, but still a missed opportunity
22 April 2016 | by centrum99See all my reviews

Rating this movie is not an easy task for me. It has its strengths, but also aspects that I could not digest. First, the black-and-white picture is fine and takes you back to the 1970s. But a movie without opening credits and absolutely no music was somewhat shocking. Actually, most of the movie consists of short, mutually unconnected scenes, where people don't talk, and are just sitting or standing.

Although this "art style" captures the gloomy inner world of Olga, I can not ignore that it is disrespectful to the audience who may have problems to understand, what is actually happening on the screen. The original version reportedly lasted 2 1/2 hours and the editor's digital scissors reduced it on the border of comprehensibility. And I say this as a man who had studied the entire history of Hepnarova and I was able to successfully predict what will follow in the next few minutes. Undoubtedly, the movie will lose spectators due to these insensitive cuts. And that's a pity, because the second half - starting from the massacre through the trial up to the execution - is already filmed in the chilly spirit that I expected.

It is here, where Michalina Olszańska shows her superb performance, and with her, this whole spectacle stands and falls. The probe into Olga's depressing psyche is the true peak of the movie. The filmmakers also try to be authentic and virtually all presented scenes are based on real testimonies, Olga's letters and court documents. It is only in the lesbian scenes, where they apparently exaggerate. For example, Hepnarova was in love with her female colleague, but they have never had any intimate relationship. Even the openly lesbian contact at the disco party is odd in Czechoslovakia of the 1970s - to say the least. (Although it is again inspired by the fact, because Olga liked provoking and was sometimes wearing a jacket on a naked body.)

As a whole, this film biography of Olga Hepnarova is impressive and leaves feelings that will fly you off the handle for many hours. In fact, it is not unusual that during the final credits, spectators remain downright frozen to their seats. However, I am still sorry that the final result could have been even better. If I were in place of the directors, I would take the movie as Olga's retrospective narrative during interrogation. Her own words would cover the "dead spots" in the story and explain her inner feelings. Too late...


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