Friday Is No Holiday

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pátek není svátek

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

14.03.1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Otakar Fuka

Screenplay

Jiří Just, Otakar Fuka

Screenstory

Jiří Just

Summary

The satire genre’s focus on communal living was enriched in 1979 with this comedy by Otakar Fuka. The story’s protagonists are the Nováks, a family who enjoy the material things in life and have chaotic, frenzied relations. The highlight of their week is a stay at the cottage, which, however, becomes demanding for the Nováks for they must prove their resourcefulness. A shortage of planks, which they want to use to build an extension to the cottage, in the end threatens the promotion of the father, Karel. Our heroes in the end come to understand that family is more important than belongings, but they are still unable to change their behaviour. The film led to a sequel, V podstatě jsme normální (Basically Normal, 1981). Petr Kostka and Jorga Kotrbová once again play a forever fighting couple. The role of the Nováks’ younger daughter marks the big screen debut of the talented Magdalena Bičíková, who was 10 years-old at the time.

Synopsis

It is Friday, and in their flat in a modern Prague housing estate the Novák family are getting ready to go to their weekend wood cabin. As usual, when they get there they quarrel. They are extending the cabin but they can't get hold of the right planks. On Monday the working week begins again. The father Karel works in research for the Tempochron firm, the mother Eva is a hairdresser, the older daughter Mirka is at high school and the younger Jarka is at basic nine-grade school. The whole week is marked by hurry. Eva is buying a dress for Mirka "under the counter" as a birthday present, and on the way she meets a succesful friend Hanuš, who has come back from two years in India. Eva immediately starts praising her husband in front of him. In the evening, the Nováks manage a visit from friends and an outing to the cinema. On Friday Karel is promoted, and has to hand over his work results to his successor at very short notice, but Eva phones him with the news that she located the planks and it is now up to Karel to go and get them. He succeeds, but it means he has to slip out of work early in order to get them to the cabin. On the way, his car breaks down, and he has to get the Yellow Angels (breakdown team) to repair it. The new highway team is being filmed for the evening news on TV, so Karel goes back to work. The director is pleased by his keenness, but later when watching the evening news he realizes why Karel failed to attend the earlier meeting. Eva is missing Karel and Mirka at the cabin. She realizes that people are more important than property. Out of fear for her family, she sets off back to Prague on her motorbike. The whole family meet at the moment when Karel, returning to the cabin, veers off the road into a field.

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Cast

Petr Kostka

výzkumný pracovník Tempochronu Karel Novák

Jorga Kotrbová

kadeřnice Eva, Novákova žena

Magda Reifová

studentka Mirka, dcera Novákových

Magdalena Bičíková

žákyně Jarka, mladší dcera Novákových

Zdena Hadrbolcová

kadeřnice Libuše Blažková, Evina kolegyně

Laďka Kozderková

prodavačka Jituš, Evina kamarádka

Jiří Kodet

Hanuš, Evin přítel

Jana Andresíková

inženýrka Urbanová, Karlova nadřízená

Nina Divíšková

profesorka Švarcová

Nataša Gollová

vrátná Tempochronu

Luděk Kopřiva

vedoucí kadeřnictví Niederle

Zdeněk Dítě

ředitel Tempochronu Leopold Růžička

Josef Vinklář

masér Beznoska

Jiří Hálek

učitel Hrabánek

Jiří Krampol

Emil Blažek, Libušin přítel

Jan Kuželka

svačící mechanik

Monika Hálová

Yveta Síbrtová, Mirčina spolužačka

Antonín Hardt

Ota, manžel Jituš

Roman Hemala

podpraporčík VB

Julius Hirsch

nadstrážmistr VB

Jan Cmíral

provozní v autodopravě

Jiří Sequens ml.

student Petr Kabíček

Eugen Jegorov

mechanik Lojza

Adolf Filip

inženýr Bednář, výzkumný pracovník

Vlastimil Fišar

docent Šiška, vedoucí pracovník Tempochronu

Oskar Hák

elektrikář

Igor Smržík

slovenský zástupce Minárik

Václav Kotva

profesor angličtiny zvaný Higgins

Ivan Glanc

soused/starší pán s jezevčíkem

Lidia Kravková

sekretářka Jarmilka

Luboš Pecháček

televizní reportér

Karel Kafka

televizní kameraman

Olga Michálková

maminka s kočárkem

Vladimír Navrátil

žlutý anděl

Věra Petáková

Růžičková, manželka ředitele

Jana Říhová

dívka v safari šatech

Ljuba Krbová

démonická žena ve filmu

Jaroslav Tomsa

maskovaný muž ve filmu

Eva Weissová

zákaznice v textilu

Karel Bělohradský

řidič nákladního auta

Crew and creators

Director

Otakar Fuka

Second Unit Director

Aleš Dospiva

Assistant Director

Tomáš Kepka, Eva Kubesová

Screenstory

Jiří Just

Shooting Script

Jiří Just, Otakar Fuka

Second Unit Photography

Zdeněk Prchlík

Camera Operator

Vladimír Murat

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Karel Kočí, Stanislav Krejča

Costume Designer

Šárka Hejnová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný

Special Effects

Jiří Rumler

Production Manager

Oldřich Mach

Unit Production Manager

Ulrich Jiří ml., Eva Charvátová

Unit Production Manager

Vojtěch Panáček

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Věrné naše milování/)

Music Performed by

Studiový orchestr, Orchestr Smetanova divadla

Music Conducted by

Petr Hapka (Studiový orchestr), František Belfín (Orchestr Smetanova divadla)

Songs

Píseň pro dívku

Songwriter

Petr Hapka (Píseň pro dívku)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Vrba (Píseň pro dívku)

Singer

Václav Neckář (Píseň pro dívku)

Production info

Original Title

Pátek není svátek

English Title

Friday Is No Holiday

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

14.03.1980

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival československé filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1980
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Petr Hapka

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival československé filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1980
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1980
Košice / Czechoslovakia
Otakar Fuka