Mr And Mrs Stodola Is A Chilling Reminder Of Human Depravity

Mr and Mrs Stodola is a Czech crime/drama film. The film has reasons to make audiences feel disturbed and uncomfortable. Here is a review of the unsettling crime Czech film. Read on to know more.
?Mr And Mrs Stodola Is A Chilling Reminder Of Human Depravity

Mr and Mrs Stodola is a Czech crime/drama film. The film has reasons to make audiences feel disturbed and uncomfortable. Here is a review of the unsettling crime Czech film. Read on to know more.

This Czech film will shake you up. The fact that it actually replicates real-life happenings makes it even more disturbing.
Could human beings actually do this to people? The film opens with a man awkwardly trying to slip on a mask for an unknown task, and failing. Seconds later a woman is heard scoffing at him for being a “coward”.
The man is Jaroslav Stodola (Jan Hájek) and the woman is his wife Dana Stodolová (Lucie ?á?ková). In a Shakespearean twist of fate Dana will play Lady Macbeth, soaking her relatively more conscientious husband’s hands in the blood of guilt. The chain of murders that the couple commits is recorded by director Petr Hátle in a relentless riff of greed and immorality.
This film stripped of all artifice travels to the rotten core of humanity. It does so without fuss or noise. The equanimous tone is a constant reminder that evil exists closer than we imagine, sometime right next to us. The first murder that Dana instigates her husband Jaroslav to commit is their next door neighbour.
The desperation to acquire ill-gotten money turns into an addiction. It is disturbing to see Dana actually enjoying the murders : they are so easy to commit as no one misses their target victims, the elderly. It takes a while for this couple’s killing spree to end.
The film doesn’t sweep across their crimes in fleeting gusts . There is an element of deliberation , a sense of contemplation, in the way the murders happen. The fact that the wife Dana seems much younger than the husband, brings its own added layer of sexual complexity into the criminal dynamics of the couple’s relationship.
Dana is definitely a player. “Why did you marry him?” another veteran lustful suitor asks her.
This is what we want to know. Why did this attractive woman , who could have been with anyone, and who clearly enjoys wealth, marry a poor unattractive man in the first place? And what leads her into enjoying a life of crime?
This is where the film fails us. It doesn’t go deep enough into the anatomy of violence. It takes that gallery seat at the side-lines and never steps down too close into the pool of blood. Not that the director is afraid to probe the depths of evil. It is not caution that prevents the film from looking at these two depraved minds from close. It’s just the lack of understanding: we can never know how such minds work. We can only wonder.
Mr & Mrs Stodola is a serious look at two criminal minds that happen to be married. The two actors playing husband and wife are a revelation: their faces give away anything.
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