Delicate Relationships

psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Křehké vztahy

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

04.01.1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Juraj Herz

Screenplay

Jiří Švejda, Juraj Herz

Screenstory

Václav Dušek

Summary

During the 1970s, director Juraj Herz’s disposition towards strongly stylised stories had to be interspersed with more mainstream entries. And so, alongside Holky z porcelánu (Girls from a Porcelain Factory, 1974), Holka na zabití (A Girl to Be Killed, 1975) and Den pro mou lásku (The Day for My Love, 1976), we also find this 1979 adaptation of the novel Druhý břeh (Second Shore) by Václav Dušek. The author’s hot-blooded hero Tadeáš Falk finally decides to settle down. Divorcee Bára desires that her marriage to Tadeáš yields a “company apartment” (one provided to the families of certain state company employees) in order to provide a safe home for five-year-old daughter Beruška. But Bára’s ex-husband Sakl places various obstacles in the way of this new family. Nor is developing a relationship with little Beruška as easy as Tadeáš imagined. This successfully delivered story stars Vladimír Kratina and Zora Ulla Keslerová. The role of the disruptive ex, Sakl, is played by Jiří Štěpnička. Tadeáš’s free-thinking driver's mate Harýk is played by Radim Hložek, in what was this actor’s only film appearance.

Synopsis

A young square-built Tadeáš Falk called Táda distributes meat from a slaughterhouse to the Liberec-city environs and to mountain hotels. His jumper Harýk spends all his time hiking in a country and his wearing long hair irritates an older generation. The divorced Bára Saklová must marry her lover Táda as soon as possible to get a company flat and be able to take care of her five-year-old daughter Beruška who lives with her grandmother. Her ex-husband, a hotel manager Sakl, troubles her. Though, in fact, he does not actually care for his daughter, he does not agree Tadeáš would adopt her and give her his name. Sakl deliberately irritates him, as he knows he was put on parole for fist fighting. To share the same name as a family, at the wedding Tadeáš adopts his wife's name. Becoming friends with Beruška is not easy. She is stubborn and addresses her mother's husband "Sir". Bára, unfortunately, gets to hospital because of appendicitis. Tadeáš takes days off and goes with the girl to the mountains. Harýk, though, goes for a winter hiking trip instead of work. In the meantime Táda is looking for him; Sakl takes his daughter from the mountains to his villa. Harýk joins Táda and prevents him from his intention to attack physically Sakl. The girl attracted by a noise, gets to the door and politely asks "the stranger" Sakl if she can keep the puppy. Then she takes Táda by his hand and when leaving the house she addresses him Dad for the first time and wants him to join her to surprise her Mum with the puppy.

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Cast

Vladimír Kratina

řidič Tadeáš Falk

Radim Hložek

závozník Harýk Kovanda

Zora Ulla Keslerová

Bára Saklová, Tadeášova přítelkyně

Helena Žaludová

Beruška, Bářina dcera

Vladimír Menšík

vedoucí autodopravy Ropek

Jiří Štěpnička

vedoucí hotelu Karel Sakl, Bářin bývalý muž

František Řehák

expedient Knytl

Jiří Lábus

vrchní Honza Šafránek

Hana Čížková

servírka Stela, Tadeášova bývalá milá

Jana Andresíková

provozní v restauraci Myslivna

František Peterka

řezník Kohout

Jan Obrda

kuchař Pavel Kraus

Václav Štekl

řezník Petržílek

Oldřich Velen

ředitel jatek

Věra Farová

babička Berušky

Vojtěch Ron

starší kuchař v Myslivně

Jana Viščaková

dívka v televizním filmu

Juraj Herz

Alfred v televizním filmu

Lubomír Tlalka

vrátný Venca Polák

Jaromír Kučera

fotograf na svatbě

Jana Robenková

matrikářka

Václav Kovařík

kovář Lopéz

Jaroslav Hlaváč

tramp Dyzma

Zdeněk Lorenz

Pajda

Oldřich Semerák

dubl za Kratinu

B. Šavrdová

O. Křepinská

J. Hloucha

zaměstnanci Severočeského průmyslu masného n. p. Liberec

Dubbing

Jiří Prager

hlas Harýka

Gustav Bubník

hlas Dyzmy

Crew and creators

Director

Juraj Herz

Second Unit Director

Kateřina Lukášová

Assistant Director

Eliška Moulisová, Pavla Marková

Screenstory

Václav Dušek

Based on

Václav Dušek (Druhý břeh – román)

Shooting Script

Juraj Herz

Script Editor

Václav Erben

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Miloš Sršeň, Milan Šefrna, Dana Smržová, Pavel Šoltys

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Production Manager

Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Jarmila Hanykýřová, Jaroslav Bouček

Unit Production Manager

Miloslav Doležal, Eva Nováková

Cooperation

Jitka Radová, O. Křesina, Karel Ješátko, Petr Bárta

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

Petr Hapka

Music Conducted by

Petr Hapka (Petr Hapka)

Songs

Šilhavý mariňák

Songwriter

Áda Vodrážka (Šilhavý mariňák)

Writer of Lyrics

Áda Vodrážka (Šilhavý mariňák)

Singer

sbor (Šilhavý mariňák)

Production info

Original Title

Křehké vztahy

English Title

Delicate Relationships

Working Title

Druhý břeh

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

04.01.1980

Creative Group

Drahoslav Makovička

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1980
Košice / Czechoslovakia
Vladimír Kratina

Vítěz

Festival: 17. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1979
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Macháně

Vítěz

Festival: 17. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1979
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia
Vladimír Kratina

Vítěz

Festival: 17. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1979
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia