Two Things for Life

psychological

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Dvě věci pro život

Runtime

89 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1972

Premiere

23.02.1973

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Hanibal

Summary

During the 1970s, writer-director Jiří Hanibal primarily specialised in escapist fare for children and young viewers. But in 1972, an exception was made with this psychological drama about a young man who decides to stand on his own two feet and find a “decent” job. For the discontented Vašek, that means a one-year stint in the coal mines of Ostrava. Wife Božka is unhappy with the decision. But the hard work in the mines, and the male bonding that ensues at the rooming house, both serve to open Vašek’s eyes. And so the man chooses two new life priorities: work as a miner and new love via geologist Ajka – rejecting his spoilt and increasingly alienated wife in the process. Ladislav Potměšil takes the lead role, supported by two heroic leading ladies, namely Eva Trejtnarová (Božka) and Jaroslava Brousková (Ajka).

Synopsis

After returning home from the army, Vašek has married Božka and the couple now live at her parents' house. Vašek is unhappy both with his work and with sharing the house with Božka's parents. He and his friend Ruda decide to take a temporary job in Ostrava for a year. Božka is against this, but Vašek gets his way. Mining is hard work but Vašek gradually adapts to it. He gets homesick from time to time and wants to go back, but his pride always wins out. Once he really does travel back to see Božka, but he doesn't find her at home. He has witnessed his fellow miners' unfaithfulness in Ostrava and he has also learned about Joža's wife, who has found herself a lover. He spends Christmas with Božka but has to return to Ostrava before the New Year's Eve and Božka is very unhappy about this. At a New Year's Party Vašek meets Ajka who is working at the Institute for Geology. He does not conceal the fact that he is married and Ajka agrees to meet him from time to time as a friends. Even so, with time their relationship becomes more serious. And when Vašek finds out that Božka has found another man, he stays for good in Ostrava where he now has his work and Ajka.

Cast

Eva Trejtnarová

Božka, Václavova žena

Jiří Krampol

havíř Franta Oulík

Lubor Tokoš

revírník Josef Tuháň

František Šec

havíř Patočka zvaný Saul

Július Vašek

havíř Jožo Ďurica

Oldřich Vlach

Ruda Režnar, Václavův kamarád

Karel Augusta

havíř Burda

František Řehák

havíř Sonka

Ladislav Mrkvička

havíř Maršálek

Jan Libíček

vedoucí ubytovny Vošta

Oľga Šalagová

Betka, Jožova žena

Jiří Havel

bezpečnostní technik Kouša

Pavel Jiras

muž v hospodě

Ferdinand Krůta

táta Božky

Blanka Vikusová

matka Božky

Jana Janěková

Magdina kamarádka

Oldřich Velen

vedoucí úseku Karas

Vladimír Hrabánek

muž v pyžamu

Rudolf Vodrážka

milenec Betky

Bohumil Šmída

ředitel

Dalimil Klapka

odborový funkcionář

Jiří Klem

mladík

J. Čížková

Marcela

Karel Meister ml.

zraněný havíř

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Elmar Kloss

Assistant Director

Olga Bourková, Augustin Valko

Screenstory

Jiří Hanibal

Screenplay

Jiří Hanibal

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Jan Petrů, Jiří Žůček, Václav Pošta

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Beneš, Petra Havlínová

Unit Production Manager

Ivo Pitrák

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Lodí bílou

Songwriter

Ladislav Pikart (Lodí bílou), Karel Kopecký (Lodí bílou)

Writer of Lyrics

Ivo Fischer (Lodí bílou)

Singer

Karel Hála (Lodí bílou), Vokální soubor Lubomíra Pánka (Lodí bílou)

Production info

Original Title

Dvě věci pro život

English Title

Two Things for Life

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1972

Premiere

23.02.1973

Creative Group

Karel Cop

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

89 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 2. přehlídka současné filmové tvorby socialistických zemí Karlovy Vary

1972
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia