Watch: Služobníci 2020 123movies, Full Movie Online – The year is 1980. Michal and Juraj are students at a theological seminary in totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Fearing the dissolution of their school, the tutors are moulding the seminarians into a shape satisfactory to the ruling Communist Party. Each of the young students must decide if he will give into the temptation and choose the easier way of collaborating with the regime, or if he will subject himself to draconian surveillance by the secret police..
Plot: Set during the period of normalisation in Czechoslovakia, in 1980 two friends apply to study at a Roman Catholic seminary in order to escape the moral devastation of society in the communist regime. They soon discover that the seminary is controlled by Pacem in Terris, an organisation of clerics willingly collaborating with the regime.
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‘Servants’ is hypnotic, emotionally brutalist cinema.
Visually gifted film-maker Ivan Ostrochovský’s fascinatingly sombre, starkly unsentimental, and extraordinarily potent ‘Servants’ (2020) is a stark, beautifully performed agitprop drama concerning the increasingly precarious fate of two naive seminarians studying in an austere theological seminary who both fatefully decide take an extraordinarily heroic stand against their irreligious Soviet oppressors, with a greatly unsettling, gravitationally oppressive atmosphere, which all-too effectively evokes the stifling, paranoia-steeped angst of communist-era Czechoslovakia. A darkly-tinted, immaculately photographed, frequently moving, thematically bleak B/W feature that certainly doesn’t flinch from exploring the harsher realities borne of courageously resisting a totalitarian government.
The scenes of morbidly meticulous, dispassionate efficiency of cruel, dough-faced StB stooge Dr. Ivan (Vlad Ivanov), pitilessly rooting out the dissident seminarians from their glum, august place of learning has an especially unpleasant gravitas. Hey! It’s not exactly what you might call a soothing viewing experience, monochromatically invoking malevolent horror tones, but it’s a hugely rewarding one, due to the unerring solemnity of the grimly unfolding events. ‘Servants’ is hypnotic, emotionally brutalist cinema, and I have to strongly praise bravura actor Vlad Ivanov who is quietly insidious as malign secret police hatchet man Doctor Ivan! And I was eerily entranced and perturbed in equal measure by the glacially efficient score by composers Cristian Lolea & Miroslav Toth, their blackened, foreboding themes anxiously drawing you uncomfortably deeper into the secret police’s sordid, crepuscular world of state sanctioned evil.
Nice picture, unfinished story.
A very nice B/W picture. The story describes an interesting aspect of Slovak history (catholic church under communists). However, the story feels unfinished.
Original Language sk
Runtime 1 hr 20 min (80 min)
Director Ivan Ostrochovský
Writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Marek Lescák, Ivan Ostrochovský
Actors Samuel Skyva, Samuel Polakovic, Vlad Ivanov
Country Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland
Awards 9 wins & 21 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
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Printed Film Format DCP