We, the Lost Girls

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1972

Premiere

12 May 1972

Runtime

74 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

My ztracený holky

Czech title

My ztracený holky

English title

We, the Lost Girls

Summary

Sixteen-year-old non-professional actress Jaroslava Schallerová bewitched viewers in the surreal fantasy horror Valerie a týden divů (Valery’s Week of Wonders, 1970). Although she never described acting as anything other than a hobby, she continued turning up on the silver screen. My ztracený holky (We, the Lost Girls, 1972) is a comedy written and directed by Antonín Kachlík, who drew inspiration from a work of fiction by Karel Štorkán (who also partook in writing the film screenplay). For Schallerová, it was another film relating the story of a girl with the look of vulnerability. The main character this time is shy student Žofie. She makes friends with the self-confident Dominika when they meet during a holiday job picking hops. Together they attend the first year at a medical school as well as dancing lessons. Dominika, however, begins to complicate Žofie’s relationships with two boys – Čenda, an assistant of the dancing teacher, and Jožka, an ambulance driver... Dominica is played by Irena Švárová, who never again acted in a feature film. Jaroslav Drbohlav and Vladislav Šmíd appear as Žofie’s suitors.

Synopsis

Žofie and Dominika, two girls of very different temperaments, become friends during hop-picking volunteer work in the summer. Žofie is serious to the point of reticence and she is delighted with her friendship with Dominika. For the self-assured and superficial Dominika the whole thing is just a momentary whim. When she leaves the work camp before everybody else, she doesn't even say goodbye to Žofie. The two girls meet again after the holidays as first-year students at medical school, and become close again during the nursing techniques class. They also learn that their life stories are somewhat similar. Žofie lives with her ailing mother, while Dominika's mother has died and her father is now seeing a younger woman. In the autumn, the girls take dance classes together and Žofie falls in love with the dance teacher's assistant Čenda. But Čenda doesn't even show up on their first date. One day, Žofie comes home to find her mother unconscious and has to call an ambulance. The driver Vašek likes the girl and arranges to meet her later. The date doesn't go very well because Vašek has to help his friend Jožka fix his motorcycle, but finally the three of them go to the zoo together. On her birthday, Žofie invites Vašek home for dinner. But Dominika shows up before him. Her father has got married and Dominika has to move in with Žofie. Later on, Žofie doesn't open the door to Vašek, she is happy to be with her girlfriend. But Dominika disappoints her again. After returning from the school graduation party where Dominika failed to come to, she sees her best friend kissing Čenda. Žofie, who has never really stopped thinking about Čenda, is sad the next day as she goes to the hospital to visit her mother. Jožka catches up with her and takes her there on his motorbike. Žofie brightens up once again.

Cast

Jaroslava Schallerová

studentka Žofie Cajthamlová

Irena Švárová

Dubbing Jana Šulcová
spolužačka Dominika Adamcová

Květoslava Houdlová

Žofiina matka

Josef Langmiler

otec Dominiky

Jaroslav Drbohlav

řidič sanitky Vašek

Josef A. Stehlík

Dubbing Otomar Korbelář
pacient děda Potužník

Vladislav Šmíd

Dubbing Tomáš Sedláček
asistent tanečního mistra Čenda Vízner

Helena Bendová

učitelka Brotánková

Jana Boušková

studentka Boženka

Táňa Kubíčková

studentka Magda, „zraněná“ na chmelu

Dana Vlková

studentka Anna-Marie

Pavel Stiborek

Jožka, Vaškův kamarád

Vladimír Kudla

student práv Hanousek

Jana Hana Duffková

Dubbing Miriam Kantorková
staniční sestra

Otta Poul

taneční mistr

Rudolf Mařík

pianista

Jindřich Dostál

hudebník

Vladimír Janiš

hudebník

Milan Svoboda

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Pištěková

Assistant Director

Vilém Kijonka, Věra Vláčilová

Screenstory

Karel Štorkán

Shooting Script

Antonín Kachlík

Script Editor

Ivan Urban

Director of Photography

Ivan Šlapeta

Second Unit Photography

Richard Valenta

Camera Operator

Vladimír Smutný

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík

Production Manager

Jan Balzer

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Černá, Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Oldřich Mach

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Svoboda

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček),

Songs

La la la /popěvek beze slov/

Songwriter Karel Svoboda
Singer Helena Vondráčkováskupina Šest strýců

Ša la la la lí

Songwriter Kenny Lynch
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Rytíř
Singer Irena Švárová [dab]Jana Šulcová

Černý muž /John Brown/

Songwriter lidová americká píseň
Writer of Lyrics Ivo Fischer
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

My ztracený holky

Czech Title

My ztracený holky

English Title

We, the Lost Girls

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1972

Production specifications

projection approval 21 February 1972

Premiere

premiere 12 May 1972

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

74 min

Original length in metres

2 091 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 11. festival českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň

1973
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 10. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1972
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslava Schallerová

Vítěz

Event: Literární soutěž k 25. výročí osvobození Československa Sovětskou armádou

1970
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Karel Štorkán