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Czech director Frantisek Vlacil once said that film should "act as music and poetry," and his first feature (1960) uses doves to link three interspersed narratives, set in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. To his credit Vlacil never equates the dove with anything as specific as peace, and though the film suffers from the heavy-handed conventions of European art film (a doorway opens directly onto water, which a woman then walks on), the editing and the brooding imagery convey a vague sense of hope. In French, German, and Czech.

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