Apart from his more serious works (Kočár do Vídně [A Carriage Going to Vienna, 1966]; Noc nevěsty [The Nun’s Night, 1967]; Ucho [The Ear, 1970]), screenwriter Jan Procházka also tried his hand at the comedy genre. This 1968 film about the bespectacled Solnička family is told from the point of view of Jana, an accident-prone 12-year-old who has again landed herself in hospital. When she returns, she and her older sister Zuza realise that something has changed at home. They come to the conclusion that their parents are about to get divorced. Fortunately, the truth is a happy contrast: there’s going to be a new baby in the family. After director Jan Valášek’s untimely death, the film was completed by director Karel Kachyňa. A fast-paced and witty story, it stars child non-actors Bohumila Houdková and Jarmila Srbová alongside experienced actors (Jiřina Jirásková, Vladimír Menšík, Jiřina Šejbalová, Bohuš Záhorský), who were even engaged for the smaller parts.
Everybody wears glasses in the family of twelve-year old Jana, and everybody is also quite mad. Jana often has bad luck – one time she breaks her arm, another time her leg or something else. The family always visits her in the hospital, and when the girl returns home, there are always many gifts waiting for her. Upon her most recent return, Jana notices that things are out of tune between the parents and that father does not sleep with mother in the bedroom. She reveals to her older sister Zuza her worries that their parents want to get divorced. Both girls begin to act immediately, trying to find out first if the parents have someone else. The first investigation shows that the parents do not have anybody. That is worth a great celebration, to which their grandmother brings her brand new groom. But when daddy unexpectedly produces tickets to the circus, the joy is over - for, according to the experience of other children, the parents always begin with the circus, then buy ice cream for the kids and eventually take them for a boat ride to announce their divorce. It seems that the parents of Jana and Zuza are following exactly this scenario. The girls are sad but everything changes in an instant when their puzzled daddy announces that they will have another baby. The boisterous celebrations result in an involuntary bath under a weir, where Jana ends up with another fractured bone.
The director, Jan Valášek, died on the 27th of January 1968 while finishing work on the film, which was consequently finished by Karel Kachyňa. The opening titles of the film, however, present only the name of Jan Valášek.
Zuza, starší sestra Jany
tatínek Luděk Solnička
Jedličková, babička Solničkových
zelinář Skoumal, babiččin ženich
divák v kině
chlapeček s pistolkou
kluk v telefonní budce
žena na ulici
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