GenreComedy, Drama Music directorOndrej Soukup CountryCzech Republic
Release dateMarch 8, 2007 (2007-03-08) WriterZdenek Sverak (story), Zdenek Sverak (screenplay) Initial releaseMarch 8, 2007 (Czech Republic) CastZdeněk Svěrák (Josef Tkaloun), Daniela Kolářová (Eliška Tkalounová), Tatiana Vilhelmová (Helenka), Jiří Macháček (Robert Landa), Pavel Landovský (Řezáč), Jan Budař (Úlisný) Similar moviesSexual Chronicles of a French Family, Bad Teacher, Cashback, The Voyeur, The Hunt, In the House
Empties vratne lahve trailer
Empties (Czech: 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 an elderly 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. There 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 Řezáč
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.