Vaclav Havel died shortly after directing this 2011 film adaptation of his 2007 stage comedy. Clearly inspired by Havel’s own career as a politician, it takes place just before and after the chancellor of a fictional European country leaves office: as he descends from political power, the ruler transforms overnight from a proud humanitarian to a vain and petty old man. Havel addresses the conflict between idealism and political reality in universal terms, setting the action at an Edenic villa that seems to be outside of time and making allusions to classic plays like Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Ionesco’s Exit the King. The stage-bound farcical elements don’t quite lend themselves to the big screen, but the dialogues about political responsibility are funny, lucid, and often wise. In Czech with subtitles.