A year after the success of the comedy Ecce Homo Homolka (1969), the director and screenwriter Jaroslav Papoušek made a loose sequel (the final part of the trilogy – Homolka a tobolka (Homolka and the Purse) – was added in 1972). In the film Hogo Fogo Homolka, the heroes move closer to their dream of becoming a well-off Czech family when they purchase a car. However, for the Homolkas, chasing the new diversions that the new vehicle offers is ultimately trumped by their duty to visit their great-grandfather who is apparently “dying” in a country village. But everything in the south Bohemian hamlet confounds the family’s expectations. While the “dying” old man passes the time merrily revelling with his colleagues and fellow hunters, the Homolkas are dying of boredom in the cottage, squabbling and getting angry with the naughty twins. The atmosphere changes with a visit to a local fishpond and the unexpected death of the great-grandfather, which instantly reveals to the Homolkas the banality of their life. The sequel differs from the original film in terms of its rather more serious tone. The typical urban, consumerist family has to grapple with a maelstrom of contrasts, which enhances the movie’s satirical and comic potential. The juxtapositions between the city and the countryside as well as different generations’ views on life are based on precisely observed details that remind us of Papoušek’s status within the Czechoslovak New Wave. The usual cast of actors includes Helena Růžičková (the corpulent Heduš), František Husák (Ludva), and Josef Šebánek (Grandpa Homolka). Above all, Josef Kolb (“Miloš Forman’s” non-actor from Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde,1965) and the tragicomedy Hoří, má panenko (Firemen’s Ball, 1967) is an apposite addition as the great-grandfather. A 21-year-old Dagmar Bláhová made her screen debut in a small part as a driver’s girlfriend, while brothers Matěj and Petr Forman reprise their roles as the Homolka twins.
The Homolka family celebrates a great occasion: they were finally able to buy a car. They immediately begin to drive for small trips to Hradčany, to the airport, and plan further trips. Their euphoria is spoiled by a letter from their great-grandmother. Their great-grandfather is dying and the family is expected to come along to say goodbye. The annoyed Homolkas therefore set off to the South Bohemian village where the grandparents live. Their bad mood does not improve upon their arrival to the village house - early in the morning, the grand-grandfather went for a walk to the forest and then to visit a competition of hunting terriers. The grand-grandmother did not reckon with their arrival and has no food to offer. The Homolkas bring at least some sausages and beer from the local pub while the grand-grandfather enjoys the hunter's celebration. He starts drinking and does not want to die at all any more. The Prague Homolkas say goodbye to their great-grandmother and return home. On the way, they drop by a pond where the grandmother fell in as a child and this time would almost drown again. When the rest of the family tries to save her, they all fall into the water. The great-grandfather is happily returning from the celebration and dies from a stroke on a forest path. The Homolkas succumb to the atmosphere of the beautiful summer day and cheerfully shed their clothes and jump into the water. It is as if the pleasantly cool water has washed away all the banality of their lives. At the same time, we can see the car with the dead grand-grandfather driving alongside the dike of the pond.
babi Marie Homolková
Ludva, syn Homolkových
Heduš, snacha Homolkových
dvojče Péťa, vnuk Homolkových
dvojče Máťa, vnuk Homolkových
dívka v plavkách
Jan Hodný, Karel Kočí, Václav Podhorský
František Jaderník, Jaroslav Vlk
Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)
Chválu vzdejme, ó křesťané (Maria, Maria, denice vítězná), Pětatřicátníci, Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický
Karel Hašler (Pětatřicátníci), lidová píseň (Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický)
sbor (Chválu vzdejme, ó křesťané), Josef Kolb (Pětatřicátníci), Václav Žižka (Pětatřicátníci), Václav Žižka (Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický)
Hogo fogo Homolka
Hogo Fogo Homolka