Strange Excursion

psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Podivný výlet

Runtime

91

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

10.03.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Hanibal

Screenplay

Jiří Hanibal

Screenstory

Jiří Hanibal

Summary

Successful, ageing architect Petr Hron is the hero of Podivný výlet (Strange Excursion, 1977), a psychological drama directed by Jiří Hanibal. While fighting in the Beskid mountains during World War II, Petr was involved in dramatic clashes with the fascists but also encountered the great love of his life, a beautiful girl named Věra. When meeting up with old friends and a former lover many years later, his memories of the past recur and distant events are brought vividly back to life. Petr has to accept that he cannot continue his former relationships in his present life. He heads back to his home in Prague alone, but wiser… Jiří Vala is cast in the lead role, while Vlastimil Brodský and Ilja Prachař portray the hero´s friends. Jana Dítětová played the ageing Zuzana. The younger generation, experiencing relationships just as difficult and painful as those of their parents, were represented by Jana Pehrová, Jana Riháková and Oldřich Kaiser.

Synopsis

The architect Petr Hron has successfully completed another project, but he is not so happy in his private life, for his wife has left him years ago and his grown-up daughter Jitka gives priority to her boyfriend Tomek. Oppressed with a feeling of midlife crisis, Hron goes off for a few days to the Beskydy Mountains, where he lived through dramatic times during the war in the fight against the fascists and also experienced his first great love with the local girl Zuzana. He gives a lift to the attractive hitchhiker Věra, but the girl at first rather annoys him. It seems to him that the contemporary young people are ignorant of deep feelings and their easy lives make them superficial. Věra is travelling to see a boy to whom she has recently written a letter ending their relationship. She is upset with herself for not being able to get over the break-up. Petr visits his friend Martin, and they invite the recently retired Čenda to join them in revisiting the places in the mountains where they fought during the war. They celebrate the meeting pleasantly and the trip is going well until Martin tactlessly expresses the suspicion that the Germans killed Zuzana's parents because of Petr, who was hiding with the family. Čenda only just manages to smooth over the dispute. On a visit to a former partisan and friend Růžena, Petr runs into Věra again - her boyfriend turns out to be Růžena's son Vilda. The wreckage of a love affair is just as bitter and hard for two people in the present day as it was in the past, and finally Věra leaves Vilda for good. Petr encounters his old love in the teacher Zuzana. The recently widowed woman greets Petr in a friendly spirit but refuses to renew their relationship. Petr goes home - sad but reconciled.

Cast

Jiří Vala

architekt Petr Hron

Vlastimil Brodský

Čenda Pernický, Petrův přítel

Ilja Prachař

Martin Gajdůšek, Petrův přítel

Jana Pehrová

stopařka Věra

Oldřich Kaiser

Vilda, Věřin přítel

Jana Riháková

Jitka, Hronova dcera

Oldřich Vízner

Tomek, Jitčin přítel

Božena Böhmová

Růžena Půhoná, Vildova matka

Jana Dítětová

učitelka Zuzana Jeřábková

Naďa Konvalinková

Zuzana jako mladá dívka

Marcel Vašinka

Petr Hron jako mladý muž, Zuzanin milý

Jan Faltýnek

Josef, Čendův syn

Zdena Hadrbolcová

Marie, Josefova žena

Karel Augusta

houbař

Alena Augustová

houbařova žena

Václav Neužil

ředitel ústavu ing. Miloš Navrátil

František Řehák

nový majitel Čendovy chalupy

Bohumír Koukal

děda

Lydie Havláková

dívka

Milan Jonáš

technik

Lena Birková

technička

Dáša Neblechová

technička Matějová

Ivan Richter

mladík

Jiří Untermüller

mladík

Jiří Petkov

tlustý chlapec

Miroslav Lonský

dirigent

Václav Blažej

hudebník

Václav Bor

hudebník

Karel Braniš

hudebník

Jaroslav Hrdina

hudebník

Jindřich Matouš

hudebník

Alois Petráň

hudebník

Josef Rychtařík

hudebník

Antonín Volf

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jan Mimra

Assistant Director

Jiří Ostrý, Dagmar Švejdová

Screenstory

Jiří Hanibal

Screenplay

Jiří Hanibal

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Wurm

Camera Operator

Ivan Šimůnek

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Václav Pošta, Jan Petrů

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Jiří Kejř

Production Manager

Jiří Beránek

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Synkulová, Alena Losová

Unit Production Manager

Tomáš Baloun

Cooperation

Ivana Nevolová, Alena Červená, Pavel Pitner

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Kříž /Zabili synka na panských lukách/, Partyzánská, Beskyde, Beskyde

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Kříž /Zabili synka na panských lukách/), lidová píseň (Beskyde, Beskyde)

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Kříž /Zabili synka na panských lukách/), lidová píseň (Beskyde, Beskyde)

Singer

Ilja Prachař (Kříž /Zabili synka na panských lukách/), Vlastimil Brodský (Kříž /Zabili synka na panských lukách/), Jiří Vala (Kříž /Zabili synka na panských lukách/), Ilja Prachař (Partyzánská), Vlastimil Brodský (Partyzánská), Jiří Vala (Partyzánská), Oldřich Vízner (Partyzánská), Jana Riháková (Partyzánská), dětský sbor (Beskyde, Beskyde)

Production info

Original Title

Podivný výlet

English Title

Strange Excursion

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

10.03.1978

Creative Group

Karel Cop

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech