Daddy for Sunday

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Tatínek na neděli

Runtime

66

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

17.09.1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Mach

Screenplay

Vladimír Kalina, Jaroslav Mach

Screenstory

Jiří Karásek, Jaroslav Mach

Summary

Jaroslav Mach’s 1971 feature examines the impact of divorce on children. The protagonist of this feature is engineer Kalista, who, since his divorce, has only seldom seen his 11-year-old daughter Jana. Kalista decides to marry his twenty-years-younger lover Eva, who wants to introduce the future step-daughter to her parents. However, Eva’s parents do not approve of the marriage, unhappy that Eva has destroyed Kalista’s family. The potential bridegroom’s divorced sister, meanwhile, disapproves of Eva. The leading roles in this unremarkable feature are played by Svatopluk Matyáš (Kalista), Regina Rázlová (Eva) and Milena Dvorská (Olga). Non-actor Zdena Machálková portrays young Jana. Radovan Lukavský employs charisma and moral authority in the role of Eva’s gamekeeper father.

Synopsis

A divorced technician Milan Kalista spends two weekends a month with his daughter, an eleven years old Jana. Jana has made up with the fact her father does not live with them anymore. She does not know, however, her father is not going to return to them, as he loves a young girl Eva whom he is going to marry as soon as possible. Before the set wedding date Eva decides to meet Jana and introduce her and Milan to her parents. She considers her mother's birthday a good occasion. A common encounter in a gamekeeper's house does not turn out up to Eva's fancy. The parents give the visitors a constrained or even cold welcome. They do not like Eva destroyed a marriage with a child. Also Eva's sister Olga is strangely impervious. Only Jana enjoys the new interesting place with Olga's son Arnošt. Everything suddenly turns different when Jana learns from Arnošt Eva and her Dad are going to marry. To calm the unhappy girl, the boy tells her about his and his mom's sorrow - also his father left them for another woman. Jana runs away from the gamekeeper's house and goes home alone by bus. Olga, touched, reproaches Eva that she behaved the same way as the woman who took her husband away from her. Milan feels unpleasant in Eva's parents' house and when he learns about his daughter's runaway, he sets out for her together with Eva. They run out of petrol on their way and have a row. Milan leaves Eva in a stuck car and goes back to Prague by hitchhiking. He waits for Jana at the bus station and promises he will never tell lies to her any longer.

Cast

Svatopluk Matyáš

inženýr Milan Kalista

Zdena Machálková

Jana, Kalistova dcerka

Regina Rázlová

Eva, Kalistova milenka

Radovan Lukavský

hajný Kraus, Evin otec

Zora Božinová

Krausova žena, Evina matka

Milena Dvorská

učitelka Olga, Evina sestra

Antonín Navrátil

Arnošt, Olžin syn

Stanislav Hájek

strážný v továrně

Jan Lorman

řidič

Jaromír Vaculík

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Lada Vacková, František Sádek

Assistant Director

Ivana Tokošová, Helena Pokorná

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Mach

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar, Ladislav Chroust

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, Bohumil Kadlec, Karel Kočí

Costume Designer

Jindřiška Hirschová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Unit Production Manager

Milan Štěch, František Jaderník

Unit Production Manager

Václav Polák

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Selected Music

Antonín Dvořák (Slovanské tance)

Music Performed by

Lucký Štěpán, FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Tatínek na neděli

English Title

Daddy for Sunday

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

17.09.1971

Technical info

Versions

Czech