Director Jiøí Menzels wry, visually witty tale of a nebbish-y Czech waiter is a delightful throwback to the days when Eastern Bloc filmmakers could only turn to oblique satire to criticize their societies. Pale-but-lusty Jan Dite (played by Ivan Barnev) not only survives successive waves of invaders in his homeland, he thrives. But at a cost. Menzel (Closely Watched Trains, My Sweet Little Village) plays tricks with Nazis, Communists, the King of Ethiopia, officious head waiters, prostitutes, you name it. Based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal. With Julia Jentsch and veteran Czech character actor Rudolf Hruínsky (118 min.).
I Served the King of England