Like Never Before
(Jako nikdy) Director: Zdeněk Tyc, CZ - SK, 2013, Czech version , 93 min
Vladimír Holas, painter and sculptor. He painted a lot of beautiful paintings, but they weren’t as great as he wanted them to be. He wasn’t in the party, he was not in the Artists’ Union and he didn’t sell out to the previous regime. A building in the beautiful countryside is his final refuge. He is at death’s door and he doesn’t want to die in a sterile hospital. There are three key figures in this intimate film, two heroines in addition to the main protagonist: Karla, his partner and Jaruna, a married woman. She was once the painter’s lover. This trio leads a futile fight against death and also among themselves – which brings each of them a certain absolution. A person might comprehend who he is when he is close to death. Or he might not. It would be good for us to remember the question – what mean ing does my life have?