Chance Meeting

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

První den mého syna

Runtime

94

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

26.03.1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Helge

Summary

Adolescents’ troubles are at the centre of this 1964 drama made by Ladislav Helge. In the film, which modestly ties in with the works of other Czechoslovak New Wave directors, Petr Kostka plays the labourer Oldřich. He runs into 17-year-old youth Žluťásek while in a pub celebrating the birth of his son. The night the two subsequently spend together in the drunk tank convinces Oldřich to take an interest in Žluťásek’s life. The young man doesn’t work and hangs out with a group led by the washed out actor Ancek (Luděk Munzar). Oldřich, in vain, tries to help Žluťásek... První den mého syna offered a huge acting opportunity for the then 22-year-old Vladimír Pucholt (Žluťásek). He had already been given roles by Miloš Forman in his 1963 films Černý Petr (Black Peter) and in his 1964 short comedy Kdyby ty muziky nebyly (If Only They Ain't Had Them Bands), as well as the starring role in his successful 1964 musical comedy and drama Starci na chmelu (Hop-Pickers).

Synopsis

Wandering around wine bars and pubs drinking, thirty-year old worker Oldřich, who is celebrating the birth of his son, meets a seventeen-year old lad called Yellow T-shirt Boy [Žluťásek]. Yellow T-shirt Boy is a problematic young man. Forced to leave his job because he kept provoking conflicts, he now finds some satisfaction as a member of a gang led by the failed actor Ancek. He gets no support at home either; his father has vanished without a trace and his mother has been unable to cope. Oldřich learns all this in the small hours of the following day, after waking up next to Yellow T-shirt Boy sobering-up station. The new father is so moved by the young man's life that he starts taking care of the boy. Yellow T-shirt Boy is distrustful at first but is finally glad to have found a friend in Oldřich. He invites him to join Ancek's gang. Oldřich sees that Ancek is a cynical man who teaches the young boys to steal and drink, and he confronts Ancek. There is a fight. Ancek is stronger and overpowers him. Embarrassed by the defeat, Oldřich abandons Yellow T-shirt Boy, who has stood by and kept out of the fight. He leaves with a tirade of scolding and offensive words. The sad boy in his yellow T-shirt is alone again.

Cast

Petr Kostka

Oldřich Olejník

Vladimír Pucholt

Jiří Kouba zvaný Žluťásek

Luděk Munzar

Ancek, šéf party

Klára Babrajová

Maruška, přítelkyně Jiřího

Ladislav Suchánek

vrátný

Helena Kružíková

Koubová, Žluťáskova matka

František Němec

Karel zvaný Kajman, člen party

Jaroslav Dufek

Vondráček, mistr elektrikářů

František Šlégr

vinárník Švach

Zdeněk Jaša

Dráp, člen party

Miloslav Kročil

mladý elektromontér

Jana Gýrová

dívka v telefonní budce

Dubbing

Oldřich Musil

hlas taxíkáře

Zdeněk Řehoř

hlas lékaře

Jaroslav Moučka

hlas mistra montérů

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Václav Matějka

Assistant Director

Libuše Vaněčková, Drahomíra Králová

Based on

Ivan Kříž (První den mého syna – novela)

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Set Designer

Ladislav Krbec, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal, Karel Prchal

Unit Production Manager

Marie Zemanová

Cooperation

Doriana Felberová, Růžena Hejsková

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Sedí sokol na javori, Vínečko bílé, Schody do nebe

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Sedí sokol na javori), František Hřebačka-Mikulecký (Vínečko bílé), Karel Kopecký (Schody do nebe), skupina The Shadows

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Sedí sokol na javori), František Hřebačka-Mikulecký (Vínečko bílé), Jindřich Faktor (Schody do nebe)

Singer

Petr Kostka (Sedí sokol na javori), Ladislav Suchánek (Sedí sokol na javori), Petr Kostka (Vínečko bílé), Ladislav Suchánek (Vínečko bílé), mužský sbor (Schody do nebe)

Production info

Original Title

První den mého syna

English Title

Chance Meeting

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Premiere

26.03.1965

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech