Rivers of Babylon

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Rivers of Babylon

Rivers of Babylon

Release Date: April 23, 1998

Year    :   1998
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Comedy, Drama
Production Companies    :   ALEF Film & Media Group, Ateliéry Bonton Zlín, Česká televize, Alef Studio Bratislava, Markíza Slovakia
Director    :   Vlado Balco
Producers    :   Marian Urban
Writers    :   Vlado Balco, Peter Pišťanek, Peter Pišťanek, Marian Urban
RunTime    :   102 mins.

Dark satire about bare-knuckled capitalism in the immediate post-Cold War era. Set just as the Communist government is collapsing, the film focuses on the brutish Racz, the handyman in a Bratislava hotel. Knowing that his job is insured for life, Racz turns off the building's heat and demands food, money, and sex to have it restored. The film is narrated by a pimp named Urban who explains that people in the former Czechoslovakia were so used to being abused that they simply put up with Racz's corruption. By the end of the film, Racz's fortunes have changed considerably. Instead of being a lowly worker, he is now a ruthless and wealthy businessman, unafraid to kill or kidnap those who get in his way.


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