A gigantic traffic jam, wailing ambulances, honking cars, a looming thunderstorm, a forgotten gift ... It’s the beginning of a completely insane day. In the pouring rain, Michal Forman abandons his stalled car and runs for shelter in an arcade, the “Passage”. The Passage is a labyrinth where every one of us can get lost. It represents a world full of malice and deceit, stupidity and violence, for which we are to blame. If we have any hope at all of returning to a world of true values, we must be able to say “Stop!”
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Karel Pecka 's novel appealed to me at once. It inspired me more than anything I'd read since "The Cremator". Through Pecka's book, I felt that there could be moments of alternation between fantasy, eroticism and mystery, moments of realism and imagination... I like the interplay between reality and fiction. I like that duality in a film. I like it when we go on asking questions after the story's over.
(Juraj Herz - director's note, excerpt from press kit)