Greedy Guts (2000)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 34

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AKA: Otesánek; Little Otik
Directed by: Jan Svankmajer
Starring: Jan Hartl (Karel), Veronika Zilkova (Bozena), Kristina Adamcova (Alzbetka), Jaroslava Kretschmerova (Alzbetka’s Mother), Pavel Novy (Alzbetka’s Father)
Country: Czech Republic, European Cinema
Language: Czech (English subtitles)
Runtime: 02:06:06
Genres: Anime-Animation, Bizarre, Cannibalism, Dolls, Overeating, Old-Young, Body Modification

Plot – Spoilers:
Greedy Guts, based on a Czech fairytale, follows the bizarre life of a childless couple Karel and Bozena who’ve just been rejected at an infertility clinic. The husband Karel as a sort of joke digs up a bit of a tree that resembles a baby and presents it to his wife. But she takes it seriously and starts caring for it like it were her real child, Otik.

Keeping a close eye on the couple is a little girl Alzbetka who’s bored and lonely, being the only child in the building. She soon gets obsessed with being friends with the strange baby that the couple keeps possessively hidden from nosy neighbors. When Alzbetka is not busy spying on the couple, she’s trying to get away from an old pedophile who lives upstairs.

The lives of all the residents soon hits the macabre as little Otik develops a massive appetite.

Greedy Guts is a work of wonder and mastery by the Czech master Jan Svankmajer. When it’s not darkly comedic in its view on childlessness and pedophilia, it conjures up memorable scenes of pure WTFery – like a scene where babies are sold like fish, wrapped in newspapers.

14 thoughts on “Greedy Guts (2000)

  • October 24, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    I feel bad for the dad. He was right. He was 100% right and knew exactly when he made a mistake. Alzbetka is an idiot. I’m a little over halfway through, and her idiocy almost makes me wish she dies.

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    • October 24, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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      Nevermind everyone in this movie is too dumb to live.

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  • June 2, 2020 at 7:56 pm
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    She want´s to get pregnant?
    Knock on wood.

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  • June 29, 2020 at 6:49 pm
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    I love this movie so much !!
    I think this is one of best movies of Jan Svankmajer (at least, compared to “Lunacy”(2005)).
    Alot of weird/surreal scenes, I really liked Alžbetka and Karel (poor him).
    Will watch it again, I recommend !! >:^]

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  • July 5, 2020 at 12:22 am
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    It a fairy tale…Great acting by all involved.

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  • January 25, 2021 at 10:30 pm
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    I watched Lunacy a bit back. Now I watched this. Wow, I am impressed. I am going to check out more from this director. I am convinced that he has more cool stuff.

    About this movie, give it a period to start. It is beautifully weird. I found it pretty funny. You could call it a so bad it is good movie in way. It is great! It is not really effed up in my opinion though, but that’s fine.

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  • March 31, 2021 at 1:23 am
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    More people are actually choosing to not have children chase they realized life is actually much easier without them all the money and time and freedom for themselves looking younger than most exhausted parents :p

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  • March 31, 2021 at 11:25 pm
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    Thank you Admin for the movie!I like all the movies of Jan Svankmajer

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  • April 1, 2021 at 10:44 am
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    All in all a brilliant film!

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  • April 23, 2021 at 10:01 pm
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    I can handle pretty much anything like most people here, but honestly there should be a warning for shit that has ampllified slurping and chewing sounds. Im gonna go repeatedly bang my head off a sidewalk now.

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  • May 6, 2021 at 2:09 am
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    the baby sounds and images at the beginning triggered my fight or flight mode

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  • July 7, 2021 at 1:19 am
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    This is a spoiler

    I think it’s dad’s fault for bringing a log to his insane wife, knowing how eager she was for a baby. He did it with every intention and then acts like it wasn’t his idea.

    I know this is a fairy tale, but I don’t understand why the girl is so attached to helping otik, knowing what the tale was like.

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  • August 21, 2021 at 4:36 am
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    It’s too bad they couldn’t give the movie an ending. Pretty funny otherwise

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