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   This film was the Czech Republic's official entry into the Best Foreign Language category of the 77th Academy Awards and the lives of many different sets of people are intertwined in this film. Two bungling crooks deliver a cargo of illegal immigrants and mistakenly bring back a baby. They end up giving it to a pawn shop owner who sells it to a lady who cannot conceive.  Meanwhile a university professor who discovers that he has a terminal disease decides that he wants to see his estranged wife and son.  While it is clear that there will be no happy endings for any of the characters we do see some character development along the way and a few of the characters make tough but necessary decisions.   There is the usual disconnect between the generations but for the most part the younger characters are looking forward to a life filled with promise whereas the older characters find it hard to shift from their antiquated ways of dealing with the world. 

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