The Last Photograph

étude

Typology

feature

Czech title

Posledná fotografia

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Štric

Synopsis

A youth is looking through various photographs from a drawer. An older man comes in and is surprised by the presence of his son. Four years ago, his son Jiří went off to study and live in another town and had never come to see him in all that time. The woman that the father married shortly after Jiří's mother's death has just been buried that day. Jiří has been looking for the last photograph of himself with his mother and father altogether - at his high school graduation ball. The fact that his father carries it in his pocket seems to move Jiří. They sit down together over a glass of wine. Jiří admits that he didn't actually mind his father's second wife and that he doesn't know exactly why he went away back then. He is studying successfully and trying to support himself; he returns most of the money that his father has sent him. His father reproaches him, saying that he could have got into a more attractive course of studies. His father is also afraid of the shame if people find out that the only son of a important economic vice-chairman is doing odd jobs to keep himself. Somebody rings the doorbell. Without embarrassment the father brings a gift basket back into the room and as if it was the most natural and justified thing in the world he takes a wad of banknotes in an envelope. Jiří now realizes what it is that he doesn't like about his father. He returns the key, rejects the idea of any future meeting, and immediately leaves.

Cast

Petr Svojtka

syn Jiří

Crew and creators

Pedagogical management

Ivan Osvald (dramaturgie), Antonín Kachlík (režie), Bořivoj Zeman (režie), Jiří Macháně (kamera)

Production info

Original Title

Posledná fotografia

English Title

The Last Photograph

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

étude

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Versions

Czech