Finally, the much awaited interview with my grandmother has been obtained!
This is the original transcript as i wrote it down (interview conducted via skype) with the translation following.
Me – Co jsi myslis o filmu? Libil? Nelibil?
Kveta – Nebyla to zadna pohadka. Docela strasidelny predstaveny jak by to mohlo byt. Celou dobu jsem myslela o Cernobylu. Takovy filmy nemam moc rada ale rezisera mam rada. Vydela jsem taky Podfuk a Luk Kralovny Dorotky. Jinak moc se mi libili krajiny a vubec ten stary pan byl rostomili.
Me – Ok tak film byl strasidelny ale co jako koncept? Zajimavy ne? Co zvirata? To byli opravdovy ktery zabili jen pro film.
Kveta – Jak jsem rekla, koncept je velmy zajimavy. Libilo se mi ze spiz prezyli zensky nez muzi ale to nic (haha). Koncept jako celek je moc zajimavy. Takhle by se asi zilo a jak se holky zacaly chovat je fakt strasidelny. Clovek se meni do zvireti a ta stara pani je jedina ktera je drzi k lidstvu. Kdyz stary pokiny zmizy tak nic cloveka nedrzi k dobru. Jsem rada ze jsem nic takoveho nezazila I kdyz, pri case komunistu, kdyz lidi meli malo a potrebuvali hodne tak se taky sem tam zacaly chovat jinak. Skratka, kdyz je ti spatne a nevis jak dal tak zacnes delat skoro co koliv a by si prezil. Neni to pekna vec. Je to skoda stareho pana ktery myslel po staru ze lidi jsou lidi a umej se chovat. Ja bych asi tak taky byla. Hlavne s mladyma gevcati. To by clovek proste necekal.
Me – a ty zvirata?
Kveta – aha jsem zapomela. Byla to skoda toho psa protoze jsem mela taky takoveho. Psi jsou dobry, proste skoda. Ale ta krava, o tom jsem moc ani nemyslela. Normalne jsem rorezavala mason a chalupe. Doufam ze aspon to maso slou k necemu. Tolik masa jen zahodit by byla smula.
Me – Jeste neco?
Kveta – nic moc, kdyz jsem se podivala na ten film jeste jednou tak se mi libil troche vic ale Ilonce se pored nelibi.
Me – Diky moc
Me - What did you think of the film? Like it? Dislike it?
Kveta - It was no fairy tale. Pretty scary representation of how it could be. The whole time i couldnt help but think of Chernobyl. I dont really like these kind of films but i do like the director. I've also seen Podfuk and Luk Kralovny Dorotky. I did however like the scenes of the countryside and the old man was very cute. Made me remember Lhotice (where our cottage is in the country)
Me - Ok so the film was scary but what about the concept? Interesting right? What about the animals? They were real animals they killed just for the movie.
Kveta - Like i said, the concept was very interesting. I liked how the women survived rather than the men but never mind (laughs). This is how people would live and how the girls began to act is truly scary. People become animals the old woman is the only one keeping their humanity alive. I'm glad i never experienced anything this bad - When the old ways of acting disappear a nothing holds a person to morals or goodness - although, during the time of the communist occupation, when people had little and they needed a lot they too started acting differently. In other words when the time is bad and you dont know how to continue on you'll start doing almost anything to survive. Its not a nice thing. Its too bad for the old man who thought in the ways of the old world and believed that people still knew how to behave. I would be that way too... Especially when dealing with young girls. You just dont expect that
Me - What about the animals?
Kveta - oh yea i forgot about that part. It was a waste to kill the dog because i also had one just like him. Dogs are good, simply too bad. But the cow, I didnt think much of that. I would normally cut up meat at the cottage. I hope the meat at least went somewhere good. That much meat wasted would be unfortunate.
Me - anything else?
Kveta - Not really. When i watched the film again i liked it a bit more but your mom still doesnt like it.
Me - thanks a lot
Just a personal thank you to my grandmother, Kveta, who even after a recent prolonged stint in the hospital was kind enough to take the time to download, view, and give feedback upon this movie.