Australian theatrical release poster
Original title Vratné lahve
Directed by Jan Svěrák
Produced by
  • Eric Abraham
  • Jan Svěrák
Written by Zdeněk Svěrák
Starring Zdeněk Svěrák
Music by Ondřej Soukup
Cinematography Vladimír Smutný
Edited by Alois Fisárek
  • Biograf Jan Svěrák
  • Phoenix Film Investments
  • Portobello Pictures
  • TV Nova
  • UFO Pictures
Distributed by
  • Falcon
  • Icon (Australia)
Release dates
  • March 8, 2007 (2007-03-08)
Running time
100 minutes
  • Czech Republic
  • UK
Language Czech
Budget CZK 34 million[1]
Box office CZK 124.6 million[2]

Empties (Czech: Vratné lahve) is a 2007 film directed by Jan Svěrák and written by his father Zdeněk Svěrák, who also stars in the film.[3] It was released first in the Czech Republic in March 2007. The film is a comedy from the same team which made Kolya.[4]


Josef Tkaloun is an elderly teacher at a high school in Prague who cannot control his anger when his pupils misbehave in his poetry class. He quits his job and despite his wife urging him to retire, becomes a cycle courier. After an inevitable accident, he still refuses to stay at home and takes a job in the local Žižkov supermarket. He works behind a counter, recycling glass beer bottles. There he begins to flirt with the customers and matchmake both for an old friend and for the man he works with. His own flirtations (and sexually charged dreams) almost get him into trouble with his wife, so he resolves to reignite the passion in his marriage by celebrating his wedding anniversary with a hot air balloon ride. The scary balloon ride, ending in crash, revitalizes the relationship.[5]



Home media

The DVD was released in October 2007. It includes extra scenes, a photogallery, the storyboard and comics.[6]


External links

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