Title: Spring of Life

Also known as:
Pramen zivota (Original title)

Year: 2000

Genre: Drama / Nazi / Romance

Language: Czech

Runtime: 107 min

Director: Milan Cieslar

Writer: Milan Cieslar

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0230652/

Right before World War II, women are being carefully picked out to be sent to a place where they will be educated. The women they pick out will then be used to mate with SS-soldiers, to create a perfect Aryan race for the future.

Our thoughts:
I need to start this review by saying that I don't really care for history, and nazi drama's are not my cup of tea at all. This review is literally written by someone who's just looking into the genre because I got this film sent to me. I can't and I won't mention any flaws in history or whatever there is that should be mentioned. I'm purely gonna review this for entertainment purposes.

"Spring of Life" had a perfect set up to be a Nazisploitation flick, yet it wasn't at all. Women selected by the nazis are sent to re-produce to make a master race. I know this was based on actual events, but it's still a set up for some good exploitive stuff. Anyway, the movie is about one specific girl, Grétka, who was sent there. She was considered to be almost perfect, and we get to follow her from before she gets sent there. When she finds out about it, she almost seems excited. She came from a poor background and knew she was gonna be getting alot of the nicer things in life through this. However, when she gets there, she ends up falling in love with a Jewish hostage. It never really gets more complicated than that, it mostly jumps between the plots we have already been given. But it works. The film is very simple, but I personally feel that more thought was put into other things. It's still not a bad plot at all though.

Acting-wise I actually liked this film alot. I was expecting a very cheesy movie but what I got was quality. Monika Hilmerová, who plays Grétka, was a beauty to look at, but she also plays the role very good. Few words, but emotions come through her acting. Most people did good, but I feel her role was by far the best, and most important. Being set pre-WWII, I feel the movie did a perfect job making us believe it. It had a fantastic setting (castle) and it's almost sterile colors made the darkness of the film really appeal to me.

Overall I think this is a really good movie. It's a bit thin at times though. With good acting and settings, that's not a concern at all. I don't really know who to recommend this to, but I guess if you like WWII movies or bleak dramas, this could be the perfect movie for you. However, it worked for me even though I don't fit the bill.

Positive things:
- It's a good film.
- Monika Hilmerová is pretty.
Negative things:
- I guess I am still a little bit upset that it wasn't in fact a nazisploitation.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0/5

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