Zelary (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Zelary (2004)



Critic Consensus: Zelary is a satisfyingly old-fashioned romance with an epic sweep.

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A man form a rural mountain area is brought to the hospital with serious injuries and desperately needs a transfusion. Eliska is the only one with the same blood type. Her blood saves his life, and a connection is formed between the two of them that becomes an extraordinarily strong relationship.


Critic Reviews for Zelary

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (20)

The story is as basic as a peasant meal -- and just as hearty.

December 2, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Sometimes transcends its predictability. But at two and a half hours, 'sometimes' isn't really often enough.

November 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

By the time it's over you find yourself wondering why more films don't have the chutzpah to delve deeper into the battle-weary heart.

November 7, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Humble, heartwarming storytelling with good acting and lush visuals.

October 29, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

See it as a war romance, and you'll like it.

October 22, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Trojan's direction is capable, and Asen Sopov's dark-hued cinematography is even better than that. The only thing missing is an appreciation for drama that does more than deliver the expected.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zelary


From the Czech Republic came Zelary a masterful war drama showing heart-breaking scenes, no wonder it was nominated for best Foreign Language movie in 2004.The story was about a young medical student Eliska, who was a member of the Czech resistance during WWII. When the Gestapo captured one of her friends, she must hide and went with Joza to the mountains, a man she saved his life by giving him a blood transfusion. As part of her new identity, she must marry Joza, to be accepted in the village.The story showed her adaptation in this beautiful mountain village, and her growing attachment and love she felt for Joza..Zelary showed beautiful cinematography, marvelous music and excellent directing and great acting of Czech actors.

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