From Jan Svankmajer, award-winning director of 'Faust', comes a dark, surreal fable about parental responsibility. Bozena and Karel long to have a baby; so does little Alzbetka, their next-door neighbour in need of a playmate. One day, Karel uproots a tree stump that looks like a child and, after he's whittled it into a baby-like form, Bozena's runaway maternal desires bring it to life. Little Otik (as they name it) has an insatiable appetite, devouring first the cat and then the postman. In desperation, Karel locks the monstrous tree-child in the cellar to starve it to death, but unbeknownst to them Alzbetka adopts the changeling. She feeds Otik in secret, offering him the building's residents when leftovers aren't enough.