Having flown for the British Royal Air Force, Czech pilot Franta Slama (Ondrej Vetchy) finds himself imprisoned in a post-WWII totalitarian Communist labour camp for "betraying" his country. Rewinding this story, award-winning director Jan Sverak takes us back to when Franta and his young protege Karel Vojtisek (Krystof Hadek) escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to join the RAF in fighting the Germans. Frustrated at not being allowed to fly against the enemy until they speak English and their RAF re-training is complete, a strong father/son bond between Franta and Karel quickly develops. After three months of training, they are finally sent into combat, but the stress of the war, plus their mutual love for a married English woman, tests their strong friendship. This is a story about love, comradeship and sacrifice told with the nostalgic sentiment of classic Hollywood movies and the romance and historical backdrop of WWII.
Convincing drama set against background of Battle of Britain and subsequently. Shows some of the ironies of life unfolding in the lives of two close friends -- whether deserved or undeserved. Good action scenes.