Left with Five Girls

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pět holek na krku

Runtime

87

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1967

Premiere

27.10.1967

Language version

Czech

Director

Evald Schorm

Summary

Actress Andrea Čunderlíková gained her first major acting role thanks to the efforts of director Evald Schorm. This key representative of the Czechoslovak New Wave cast the 15-year-old actress to play the lead in this 1967 psychological drama. The protagonist of the story, inspired by a novel from author Iva Hercíková, is 14-year-old Nataša, the daughter of a small town functionary. At school, many classmates abuse the goodwill of this timid girl. When Nataša falls madly in love with new classmate Petr, classmates Jiřina, Jana, Zdena and Libuše carry out a humiliating act to land her with a heavy taste of reality. Nataša shakes-off her shyness and decides to fight back, cold-bloodedly using her father’s official influence in the process. The film, by no means merely intended for young audiences, is notable for its portrayal of the moral transformation of a naive young girl into a bitter manipulator straight out of the German opera Der Freischütz (The Marksman) – excerpts from which are directly cut into the film.

Synopsis

The father of fourteen-year old Nataša is the chairman of the housing department at the Municipal National Committee. His position is probably the cause of the high living standard of his family. Nataša has everything, even a box in the local theatre, but despite all this she is still unhappy. Her parents are never able to find time for her and the group of four of her girl-classmates, to which Nataša would like to belong, envy her and misuse her. Nataša meets a boy named Petr and is going to have her first date with him. But the girls, aware of her date, lock her in the school cloakroom and hypocritically offer themselves to carry a letter of explanation to Petr. But, instead of Nataša's apologies, they write and deliver another letter in which the girl is shamelessly offering herself to him. Petr therefore behaves reluctantly to Nataša. The girls continue to let Nataša treat them but make the best of every occasion to hurt their shy classmate. Nataša feels lonely and decides to take her life, but first wants to talk to her "friends" and Petr. She thus learns the truth about the letter and finally realizes that the girls hate her. She reveals everything to her parents and Nataša's father complains to the schoolmaster. Due to both her bitter experience of the hatred of the others and the results of her actions, Nataša grows mature and splits with Petr. The closing words from The Freischütz opera, which used to accompany Nataša's attempts to find friendship, are a sad comment on the girl's transformation: "Those whose hearts are pure and who oppose evil can always trust in the deepest love."

Note

The performance of The Freischütz opera in the Theatre of F. X. Šalda in Liberec was directed byl Oldřich Mrňák.

Cast

Andrea Čunderlíková

Nataša Pleskotová

Jana Krupičková

Zdena Martínková

Lucie Žulová

Jana Modrá

Dana Matějková

Jiřina Zelenková

Markéta Křenková

Libuše Králová

Martin Vedra

Petr

Leoš Suchařípa

Natašin otec, předseda bytového odboru MěNV

Dagmar Cejnková

Natašina matka

Vojtěch Ron

správce zámku

Marie Durnová

prodavačka v bufetu

Jiřina Logačevová

stará paní

Lubomír Tlalka

vedoucí obchodu

Milada Vítová

Petrova matka

Vlasta Petříková

uvaděčka

Pavel Bošek

vlezlý muž

Josef Skrčený

Jiřinin otec

Milan Uherek

učitel zpěvu

Anna Portová

žena na úřadu

Petr Rýdel

návštěvník

Josef Němeček (2)

muž v obchodě

Petr Doubravský

dirigent

Libuše Domanínská

Agáta v opeře Čarostřelec

Jaroslav Kachel

Max v opeře Čarostřelec

Zdena Tomková

Anička v opeře Čarostřelec

Petr Růžička (2)

Otokar v opeře Čarostřelec

Josef Vojtíšek

poustevník v opeře Čarostřelec

Dalibor Jedlička

Kašpar v opeře Čarostřelec

Vladimír Šorsák

Kilián v opeře Čarostřelec

Bohuslav Maršík

Kuno v opeře Čarostřelec

Karel Janda

žadatel na úřadě

Helena Růžičková

prodavačka v antikvariátu

Arne Poledňák

Monika Horanová

M. Michalcová

M. Hercíková

Crew and creators

Director

Evald Schorm

Second Unit Director

Jiří Růžička st.

Assistant Director

Jana Rozbrojová, Anna Lackovičová

Based on

Iva Hercíková (Pět holek na krku – kniha)

Shooting Script

Evald Schorm, Jan Čuřík

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Jiří Polák

Production Designer

Leoš Karen

Set Designer

Karel Kočí

Costume Designer

Jarmila Konečná

Make-Up Artist

Vladimír Černý

Sound Designer

František Strangmüller, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Petr Čapek

Unit Production Manager

Dana Dudová, Jindřich Dvořák

Unit Production Manager

Martin Baroch

Consultant

Iva Hercíková

Cooperation

Jana Cunderlová, Štěpánka Stříbrná, Leopold Zeman, Oldřich Mrňák

Music

Music Composed by

František Belfín

Selected Music

Carl Maria von Weber (Čarostřelec /Der Freischütz/ – opera), Modest Petrovič Musorgskij (Boris Godunov – opera)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Hop hej, cibuláři, Na hranicích města německého, Vojáci jdou

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Hop hej, cibuláři), František Hais (Na hranicích města německého)

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Hop hej, cibuláři)

Singer

dívčí sbor (Hop hej, cibuláři), mužský sbor (Vojáci jdou)

Production info

Original Title

Pět holek na krku

English Title

Left with Five Girls

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1967

Premiere

27.10.1967

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 8. mezinárodní setkání filmů pro mládež Cannes

1969
Cannes / France

Vítěz

Event: Peněžitá odměna za film v rámci hodnocení produkce Filmového studia Barrandov v roce 1967

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Iva Hercíková

Vítěz

Event: Peněžitá odměna za film v rámci hodnocení produkce Filmového studia Barrandov v roce 1967

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Evald Schorm