Synopsis: At the beginning of the story Lidice is just one of many small Czech villages trying to survive the war as best as it can. Day-to-day existence within the Protectorate flows along almost ...
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Petr Nikolaev
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
126 min

When future generations ask

what we fought for,

just tell them the story of Lidice.

Frank Knox - USA Navy Secretary

( 1940- 1944)

The priest was here today.

For some honey.

-What did he say? Did he damn you?


He said that war is coming.

We'll all be damned, hey?

Use the garden as an exit.

Enjoy the cake which,

in the name of the entire village

and the Lidice football club,

I am pleased to hand over.

But I would rather pass on this

honorary duty to our Deputy Mayor.


Go on.

Who d'you think you are, you tramp?

Shut up, you squirt.

How dare you?

-You calling me a squirt, you wanker?

-Don't even talk to me!

You don't care they all know,

you enjoy it all.

Why be silent? Talk to me.

Get lost! Just go home!

Go home!

You bastard! I'll kill you!

Call the doctor!

-Dear Lord, let him rest in peace.

-And everlasting light be with him.

-Let him rest in holy peace.


Anezka, think of the Lord.

Heck, I imagined our lastjoint bit

of business slightly differently.

Lads, you are really off

to England?

What about you?

Won't change your mind?

Jarus would murder me.

With a bit of luck,

others might do it quicker.

'least you'd fight for your country.

What about you, Karel?

Now when my brother is dead

and dad locked up

I can't leave mum on her own.

I passed him the knife.

Eda was drunk and up for a fight,

he was oblivious of everything.

And Frantisek swiped at him

with that knife.

Does the accused wish to say

anything in his defence?

The accused, Frantisek Sima,

is guilty

of stabbing his son, Eduard,

with death the consequence.

Thus, he is guilty of manslaughter

and is sentenced to hard labour

for the duration of four years.

-How is it going, gents?

-Finishing off, sir.

I pleaded for someone from

the trade, with a minor crime,

and you put in here a murderer!

A son-killer!

They brought in another one,

he killed two girls and

threw them into a pond.

Better than stabbing

your own son, isn't it?

-What's the other one like?

-Which other one?

Well, the one with the girls.

This one is really awful.

Stays mute, gapes... One doesn't know

what's running through his head.

You've failed to notice

you are in jail, haven't you?

-I've noticed.

-You think I'm giving you a choice?

You think you are

on a school outing?

You're banged up on a wing

with other hardened criminals,

so, behave accordingly.

It seems that there are

still worse crimes.

Petiska, Sima, out!

Take your belongings.

This wing has to be cleared

for the Germans.

Run-of-the-mill, clearly

less dangerous offenders

such as murderers and the like,

are off to the B wing.

Here, they say, it will be

reserved for 'real rogues'.


Off we go. Come on.

-May I take the picture?


Prisoners, stop, stand still!


Quickly! Quickly!

Prisoner 2037.

Your new colleague, Kowalski.

Petiska, you over there.

I hope you'll have no complaints

here about bad company.

I imagined it slightly differently.

Most things will be done

differently to what we imagined.

A local legend. Top-class forger.

Ripped off touts by the million.

But the jury

just couldn't work him out,

as he gave all the winnings

away to orphanages and poorhouses.

A right crackpot.

Not all of it.

I kept my working expenses.

How did they catch you?

One orphanage director was petrified

by the cash and she reported it.

-And whatever happened to you gents?

-Nothing much of interest.

I have a few safes to my name

and Sima here is a murderer.

Hmm, that is a somewhat alternative

method of applying God's teachings.

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