Mestem Chodi Mikulas

Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned "The Ear" made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in "St. Nicholas Is in Town." Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season.

Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned “The Ear” made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in “St. Nicholas Is in Town.” Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season.

Story takes place in a children’s ward on Christmas Eve. A spunky 12-year-old boy is the leader of the ward, cheering up a homesick little girl and sneaking cigarettes in the bathroom. A young nurse has a crush on Dr. Jiri Abrham, who’s drunk most of the time.

Adding a surreal note are three kids who roam the streets dressed up as St. Nicholas, an angel and the devil. For a few crowns, they visit people’s homes, like Santa Claus. The boy borrows the St. Nick costume to surprise the ward.

Kachyna demonstrates a Spielberg-like knack for choosing cute blond kids who steal the show from the adults. Cast does a fine job of fleshing out the stereotyped characters. Abrham is amusingly unrepentant as the wastrel doctor who is capable of finding a hiding place for a bottle of booze in the barest hospital room. His affairs with the two nurses are obvious, without being offensive to family auds. Shooting is elegantly pro throughout.

Mestem Chodi Mikulas

Production: A Czech Television/Mirage production. (International sales: Telexport.) Produced by Helena Sykorova, Karel Skorpik. Directed by Karel Kachyna. Screenplay, Jan Prochazka, Iva Prochazkova, Kachyna. Camera (color), Vladimir Smutny; editor, Jiri Brozek; music, Petr Hapka; sound (Dolby), Pavel Jelinek. Reviewed at Alpe Adria Cinema Festival, Trieste, Italy, Jan. 19, 1994. Running time: 85 MIN.

More Film

  • Rose Byrne

    Film News Roundup: Rose Byrne in Talks to Join Tiffany Haddish's 'Limited Partners'

    Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned “The Ear” made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in “St. Nicholas Is in Town.” Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season. Story takes […]

  • Cher and Meryl Streep'Mamma Mia! Here

    How the Cast of 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Geeked Out Around Cher

    Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned “The Ear” made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in “St. Nicholas Is in Town.” Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season. Story takes […]

  • 'BuyBust' Review

    Film Review: ‘BuyBust’

    Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned “The Ear” made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in “St. Nicholas Is in Town.” Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season. Story takes […]

  • John Malone

    John Malone, Scott Paterson Retiring From Lionsgate Board

    Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned “The Ear” made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in “St. Nicholas Is in Town.” Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season. Story takes […]

  • Moviepass

    MoviePass Parent's Stock Plunges Again to Record Low

    Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned “The Ear” made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in “St. Nicholas Is in Town.” Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season. Story takes […]

  • Timothee Chalamet

    Timothee Chalamet in Talks to Star in Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'

    Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned “The Ear” made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in “St. Nicholas Is in Town.” Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season. Story takes […]

  • Taraji P Henson Sam Rockwell

    Taraji P. Henson-Sam Rockwell Drama 'Best of Enemies' Bought by STX

    Veteran Czech helmer Karel Kachyna, whose long-banned “The Ear” made a splash at Cannes two years ago, churns out a fairly pedestrian hospital drama in “St. Nicholas Is in Town.” Made for TV, pic is at least professionally directed with some lively characters and could interest offshore TV buyers for the Christmas season. Story takes […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content