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Shy teenage virgin Miloš gets his first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world, not least the temptations of the opposite sex. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubika and his distinctive way with an ink pad and rubber stamp… This could easily have fueled a light comedy, but Ji Menzel’s bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and the various farcical goings-on threaten to distract attention from the far more pressing business of staying alive – especially since German trains are being attacked by resistance fighters and everyone is under suspicion of collaboration.

Director(s): Jiri Menzel
Cast: Vlastimil Brodsky, Vaclav Neckar, Josef Somr
Certification: 15+
Run Time: 1h 32min
Cinema Date: 1966
Distributor: Arrow Films