Leave me alone!

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1977—1978

Premiere

23 June 1978

Runtime

75 min

Director

Ota Koval

Category

film

Genre

psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Nechci nic slyšet

Czech title

Nechci nic slyšet

English title

Leave me alone!

Summary

As an actor, Filip Renč made his debut at the age of just four, in the 1969-1978 Czech television series Pan Tau (Tau). He grew to become a popular, talented child actor. In Ota Koval’s 1978 drama Nechci nic slyšet (Leave me alone!), the future film director plays 11-year-old Marek who loses his parents in a car accident. Despite the efforts of specialists and his new foster family, Marek cannot cope with the trauma and refuses to speak. New hope that he might be helped is kindled with the arrival on the scene of three members of a travelling student theatre troupe. One of them, a girl named Mimka, decides to assist the boy in returning to normal life. Dagmar Bláhová, who plays the part of the helpful student, is well known for her performances at the Brno theatre Na provázku, as well as for a number of films, most notably Věra Chytilová’s Hra o jablko (Apple Game, 1976). Jana Brejchová stars as Marek’s adoptive mother.

Synopsis

A merry christening celebration in a big garden has a tragic epilogue. One of the invited families is returning home in their car and the euphoric father collides with a train at a crossing. Eleven-year-old Marek loses his parents in the accident. He recovers from his physical injuries but the psychological damage is far worse, and the boy stops talking and retreats entirely from his surroundings. Even a new home in a foster family in the care of a loving foster mother fails to help. Marek keeps secretly leaving home, collecting pebbles, and taking them somewhere. Three actors from a student theatre, the girl She and the boys You and Me, are touring the country villages with a mime performance. Marek comes across their trailer in the woods. The mime girl She wants to help Marek. She realizes that the boy is terrified of trains. But he still goes to the railway tracks each day, dropping pebbles into the net that protects the railway from falling rocks. All the children in a small village are delighted by the mime, only Marek remains unmoved. She writes a special play about a doll that has learned to speak. Marek is upset. He runs to the railway tracks and attempts to throw the net packed with stones onto a train to revenge his parents. The girl She, who has secretly followed him, attempts to stop the train. Everything ends well, but Marek falls down in a faint. The mimes are gone and She has left a toy machine with a dancing figure in a pile of pebbles for the boy. The balloon rising up in the distance over the departing trailer rouses Marek to say his first words, directed to his foster mother.

Note

Karla Chadimová and Jan Tříska were originally cast in the roles of parents, but they both emigrated from Czechoslovakia in the year of production. Jan Werich was originally cast as Béda, but was prevented by illness from taking the role. The entire film script was dictated by the director Ota Koval to the script editor Marcela Pittermannová while lying on his belly during many months of rehabilitation after his own serious car crash and resulting paralysis.

Cast

Dagmar Bláhová

studentka zvaná Ona

Miloslav Horáček

student zvaný Já

Antonín Klepáč

student zvaný Ty

Jana Brejchová

adoptivní matka

Jiří Zahajský

adoptivní otec

Jan Kanyza

Markův otec

Miroslava Hozová

Markova matka

Eva Svobodová

vrátná Pardonová

Martin Medvíď

kluk Franta

Josef Krupička

kluk Jirka

Miroslav Flandera

kluk Kája

Štěpán Podloucký

kluk Mirek

Klára Špálová

dívka Štěpánka

Šárka Růžičková

dívka Ivanka

Jaroslava Krejná

dívka Věra

Tereza Brodská

holčička se žlutou květinou

Václav Syřiště

řidič dodávky

Ivan Ženatý

houslista na křtinách

J. Vykoukal

příslušník VB

Boris Halmi

otec křtěného dítěte

Veronika Renčová

matka křtěného dítěte

Miroslav Čvorsjuk

host na křtinách

Karel Kmoch

Člověk

Crew and creators

Director

Ota Koval

Second Unit Director

Karel Smyczek

Assistant Director

Žofie Ludvíková, Marie Brodilová, Zdeněk Zelenka

Screenstory

Ota Koval

Shooting Script

Ota Koval

Director of Photography

Miroslav Ondříček

Second Unit Photography

Eduard Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Jiří Zavřel

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Art Director

Klára Istlerová

Set Designer

Jiří Bžoch, Karel Kracík, Dana Smržová, Pavel Šoltys

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Jan Vild

Unit Production Manager

Karel Prchal, Eva Charvátová

Unit Production Manager

Alena Koubová

Consultant

Jiří Dunovský

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Stivín

Selected Music

Ludwig van Beethoven (Pro Elišku /Für Elise/ – klavírní skladba a moll)

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček),

Choreographer

Jan Kratochvíl

Songs

Ezop a brabenec

Songwriter Jaroslav Ježek

Komáři se ženili

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Jan Kanyza

Production info

Original Title

Nechci nic slyšet

Czech Title

Nechci nic slyšet

English Title

Leave me alone!

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1977—1978

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 29 March 1977
start of filming 2 May 1977
technical Screenplay approved 30 May 1977
end of filming 28 December 1977
projection approval 28 December 1977

Premiere

premiere 23 June 1978

Creative Group

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

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

75 min

Original length in metres

2 190 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1978
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Ota Koval