Australian theatrical release poster
|Original title||Vratné lahve|
|Directed by||Jan Svěrák|
|Written by||Zdeněk Svěrák|
|Music by||Ondřej Soukup|
|Edited by||Alois Fisárek|
|Running time||100 minutes|
|Budget||CZK 34 million|
|Box office||CZK 124.6 million|
Empties (known in Czech as Vratné lahve) is a 2007 film directed by Jan Svěrák and written by his father Zdeněk Svěrák, who also stars in the film. It was released first in the Czech Republic in March 2007. The film is a comedy from the same team which made Kolya.
Josef Tkaloun is a teacher at a high school in Prague who cannot control his anger when his pupils misbehave in his poetry class. He quits his job and despite his wife urging him to retire, becomes a cycle courier. After an inevitable accident, he still refuses to stay at home and takes a job in the local Žižkov supermarket. He works behind a counter, recycling glass beer bottles. He begins to flirt with the customers and matchmake both for an old friend and for the man he works with. His own flirtations (and sexually charged dreams) almost get him into trouble with his wife, so he resolves to reignite the passion in his marriage by celebrating his wedding anniversary with a hot air balloon ride. The scary balloon ride, ending in crash, revitalizes the relationship.
- Zdeněk Svěrák as Josef Tkaloun
- Tatiana Vilhelmová as Helenka, his daughter
- Daniela Kolářová as Eliška Tkalounová
- Jiří Macháček as Landa, his friend
- Pavel Landovský as Rezác
- Zdeněk Svěrák received a Special Jury Mention for the screenplay at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2007
- The film received the Audience Award at 2007 Ljubljana International Film Festival
- The film received the Gold Dolphin award for Best Film at the Festroia International Film Festival in 2008.
The DVD was released in October 2007. It includes extra scenes, a photogallery, the storyboard and comics.
- http://aktualne.centrum.cz/kultura/film/clanek.phtml?id=452513 Czech
- http://art.ihned.cz/film-a-televize/c1-56354750-prehledne-top-10-nejnavstevovanejsich-ceskych-filmu-a-jejich-trzby#fotogalerie-gf307780-4-1813990 Czech
- CSFD.cz - Vratné lahve (2007) - Režie: Svěrák Jan - Hrají: Svěrák Zdeněk, Kolářová Daniela, Vilhelmová Tatiana
- Vratné lahve (2007)
- Vratné lahve / Vratné lahve (2007)
- Vratné lahve - O filmu | Titulky