http://www.playserver2.com/play247.asp?page=title&r=R2&title=105347 Got Jan Svankmayer's darkly comic surreal story of a mother determined to have a baby no matter what this morning and watched it straight away. Wow! It's one of the most surprising, inventive and fresh films I have seen in years. Blurb from Play "Based on a Czech folk tale, Jan Svankmajer's most accessible film is the story of Karel and Bozena, a married couple who long to have a baby. Whilst digging up an tree stump, Karel decides to carve the roots into the image of a child; when his melancholy childless wife sees it her love brings the wooden form to life..." what it doesn't say is that Otik has an insatiable appetite and starts eating everything and everyone in site. But don't think that this is a horror film though, to be honest I'm not sure what I'd call it. Czech surrealist animator Svankmajer directs with great skill (his script is also first rate) and his actors give some excellent performances. Otik is represented with Svankmajer's own brand of surreal stop motion (i'm guessing there though) animation which will be instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with his work. A quick plea to newcomers though, please don't say "the effects were crap though" because the animation is supposed to look like that. It's certainly not mainstream film-making but at the same time its not as odd as I was expecting. An absolute bargain for £7.99.