Reflection

narrative, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Zrcadlení

Runtime

93

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

28.04.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Balík

Summary

A duo of seemingly incompatible characters – a 50-year-old manager and a 20-year-old student – meet in this slowly moving psychological narrative picture from experienced director Jaroslav Balík. A trade fair in Brno forms the backdrop for this dramatic story of an ageing protagonist looking back on his life. Shot according to a screenplay treatment from Vladimír Kalina, the film relates how Jiří Klíma has to go on a business trip to New York. But he is having issues with his wife and unexpectedly pregnant daughter. Student Kateřina persistently reminds him of an old flame of his, but she has enough sense to put an end to their short relationship. However, the encounter influences Jiří to rethink his attitudes to life, while he also goes on to thwart a disadvantageous deal with a German company in favour of Czech manufacturers… Stanisław Zaczyk and Eva Sitteová perform the leading roles in this 1977 feature.

Synopsis

A recognized foreign trade expert Jiří Klíma, head of the foreign trade department, is offered a job in New York. A fifty years old smart man has not yet felt how quickly the time passes, but new circumstances make him think about his life. His nineteen years old daughter is pregnant. Jiří planned a great future for his only child, now he is seriously disappointed at her decision to get married with driver Zdeněk and drop her studies. He is also surprised at the fact that his pretty wife Dana, a lawyer, does not want to leave with him for the USA. She likes her job and is afraid of loneliness, which she has been experiencing even in Prague, because her husband is extremely busy. Jiří leaves for the Brno Trade Fair where he meets Kateřina, who reminds him of his student love Lucy. Thinking about his past as well as the future, Jiří notices the actions taken by his ambitious colleague Rott who sees himself in Klíma's place, trying to enter into business with a large West German company. Jiří immediately starts to contact Czech manufacturers and negotiate the deliveries of goods that are free from financially inconvenient deliveries from the West. Kateřina finished a few-day affair, asserting that Jiří only saw his long-lost love Lucy in her. Klíma finally decides to stay in Prague, accepting his daughter's decision and hoping that their marital crisis will soon be over.

Cast

Stanisław Zaczyk

Jiří Klíma

Eva Sitteová

studentka Kateřina Jandová/Lucie Larišová

Jana Hlaváčová

právnička Dana, Klímova žena

Luděk Munzar

inženýr Pavel Rott

Jan Machulski

německý generální ředitel dr. Reinberger

Josef Vinklář

výtvarník Viktor

Ota Sklenčka

ředitel

Věra Galatíková

oční lékařka

Dagmar Veškrnová

studentka Renata

Ida Rapaičová

sekretářka Elenka

Marie Málková

Rottova žena

Leopold Haverl

milionář Lariš, Luciin otec

Václav Lohniský

vrchní číšník Josífek

Oldřich Velen

ing. Zoubek

Jiří Kostka

správce vily Kazda

Antonín Julínek

otec Jiřího

Yvetta Kornová

Marcela, Klímova dcera

Roman Hájek

Zdeněk Přibyl, Marcelin snoubenec

Zuzana Jezerská

Věra

Ivan Richter

Jiří jako student v roce 1947

Julius Hirsch

Viktor v roce 1947

Ivo Forst

Karel

Mojmír Heger

řidič Tatry 603 František

Jiří Jurka

Hanák

Nataša Kalousová

Josefina

Oľga Solárová

Helena

Otakar Vážanský

ředitel Šmejkal

František Zacharník

ředitel Farda

Martin Učík

brýlatý student Strachoň

Pavel Buchvaldek

spolužák

Karel Habart

spolužák

Marcela Jelínková

spolužačka

Zuzana Mixová

spolužačka

Alice Pezlarová

spolužačka

Irena Růžičková

spolužačka

Jaromír Štemberg

spolužák

Daniela Vacková

spolužačka

Jan Vávra

spolužák

Petr Čapek

muž s kravatou

Jarmila Gerlová

zpěvačka

Vlasta Kahovcová

zpěvačka

Jitka Zelenková

zpěvačka

Vldimír Hala

hudebník

Ivo Harnach

hudebník

Rudolf Hrozek

hudebník

Zdeněk Chlup

hudebník

Václav Juračka

hudebník

Dušan Karásek

hudebník

Petr Kobza

hudebník

Arnošt Kraus

hudebník

Bohumil Krčmář

hudebník

Květoslav Opletal

hudebník

Karel Procházka

hudebník

Oldřich Pukl

hudebník

Jiří Suchý

hudebník

Zdeněk Tylč

hudebník

Jan Hřivnáč

pianista

Jan Novotný

předseda

Otakar Staněk

vrchní v Internationalu

Sixt Pokorný

svědek

Pavel Toman

svědek

Jaroslav Tuček

barman v Internationalu

Dubbing

Miroslav Moravec

hlas Jiřího

Vladimír Ráž

hlas dr. Reinbergera

Lenka Kořínková

hlas Marcely

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milena Kropáčková

Assistant Director

Jan Prokop, Zdeněk Pazdírek, Pavla Marková

Screenstory

Vladimír Kalina

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Balík

Script Editor

Jan Otčenášek

Second Unit Photography

Viktor Růžička

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Set Designer

Miroslav Fára, Josef Pavlík

Costume Designer

Milan Čorba

Film Editor

Josef Valušiak

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Věra Lukášová, Petra Havlínová

Unit Production Manager

Jiřina Vaňková

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Music Performed by

Nonet Václava Kozla, Pražské smyčce

Music Conducted by

Jan Hrábek (Nonet Václava Kozla), Jan Hrábek (Pražské smyčce)

Songs

Už zapomeň, Hrály dudy, Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby

Songwriter

Karel Mareš (Už zapomeň), Kamil Běhounek (Hrály dudy)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (Už zapomeň)

Singer

Jitka Zelenková (Už zapomeň), Jarmila Gerlová (Už zapomeň), Vlasta Kahovcová (Už zapomeň)

Production info

Original Title

Zrcadlení

English Title

Reflection

Working Title

Bilance pampelišek

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

28.04.1978

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival českých a slovenských filmů České Budějovice

1978
České Budějovice / Czechoslovakia
Eva Sitteová