Winner of the first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1971, Strugatsy Ivanovits Gretel & Hansel are an amazing story about two teenage boys who witness the murder of their mother. In this one of a kind comedy, the tragic relationship between these two young men develops from childhood to adulthood. The movie highlights the transformation of the boy's love for his mother from innocence to deep passion, not only physically but also emotionally.
The story takes place in Prague, the first part of the Serie. In this film, we follow the story of the orphaned teens from birth and we follow them as they grow into adults. Because of the changing times in the city, they were given a new home - an apartment. This home is not just a room in a block of flats, it is a parallel world that they live in, their world of fantasy and imagination.
The serie is inspired by a true story. It is based on actual events in the life of the two protagonists. The historical background of the movie is fascinating and its creation has a rich history. The sequel, Strugatsy I.V., was released in 1999.
The second part of the series, Strugatsy II, was released in 2020. This film focuses on the coming of age of the characters, while the first part is about the relationship with their adoptive mother. Both serie and sequel deal with romantic, adventurous, and creative relationship between the two teenagers.
Many of the events that occur in the movie can be considered as fictional. This can be attributed to the fact that this is a modern day story. A boy can develop, according to his own perception and his own desires. And sometimes, movies were created based on what they actually feel, instead of what was really happening.
Most of the scenes from the story are full of remarkable characters and scenes. Some of them include the stealing of a clown mask, the moment in the train station where they meet their parents, the punk-rock band, and other most important moments. And with the help of Strugatsy II, Gretel & Hansel series have taken over the cinema.
Despite the fact that the movie takes place in our current times, it has all the elements of mystery and suspense that makes it very popular. We have such classic movie lines as, "Let's keep it real". The movie is also a well-told story about growing up. Our hero characters at different ages mature in different ways, with their own preferences and points of view.
The plot is driven by a very powerful theme, which is a family drama. When we think of a family, we imagine a strong bond between a mother and a father who love and care for each other. And when we watch a movie like Strugatsy I.V., it is easy to realize that what we are seeing is a family that lives and breathes together.