The second film of director Jan Hřebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovský’s “Garden Store” trilogy (2017) is, to my mind, the best thing they’ve done in years. Set mainly during Czechoslovakia’s brief period as a democratic state in the years following World War II, it centers on a beauty parlor run by the brother-in-law of the protagonist of the trilogy’s first film, Family Friend. (The movie contains many of the same characters as the preceding feature, but you don’t need to have seen that to appreciate this one.) Hřebejk regular Jirí Machácek delivers a deeply moving performance as the salon’s owner, a big-hearted patriarch who foolishly thinks that if he runs a good business he can disregard the national political situation. He comes to realize how wrong he is only after the Communists take power. Jarchovský presents the character’s downfall as a reflection of the country’s. The film delivers its anticommunist message more persuasively than Hřebejk and Jarchovský’s earlier feature The Teacher (2016), in part because it depicts the pre-Communist era with such warmth and affection. Hřebejk handles the large ensemble cast with characteristic assurance; indeed this would be worth seeing for the acting alone. In subtitled Czech, German, and Russian.