Rough Life at Planina

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Drsná Planina

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

02.05.1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Soukup

Summary

After making an anthology film about the work of Czechoslovak border guards called Boty plné vody (Boots Full of Water, 1976) young director Jaroslav Soukup embarked on his feature film debut with Drsná Planina (Rough Life at Planina, 1979). Once again, Soukup returns to the short story format of author Rudolf Kalčík. The mandated pro-regime subject matter benefits from the director’s decision to enrich this tale with a distinctive, stylised point-of-view. The story again deals with South Bohemian border patrols stationed along the Iron Curtain, in this case taking place from 1946-1949. An almost documentary-like realness is created by Soukup in the movie. Instead of fearless and courageous heroes, convinced that they are defending the country’s borders against the dangerous enemy in the West, we are offered characters primarily battling with the frontiers of their own life opportunities amidst the unforgiving natural environment and a tough era filled with despair. The performances of the three leading actors, Jiří Bartoška, Ivan Vyskočil and Ladislav Potměšil, add to the authenticity of the work.

Synopsis

July 1946. In the sparsely populated village Planina close to the Czechoslovak border, Vršecký, Morávek and Vejvoda, the first three members of the Flying Unit of the National Security Corps, are beginning their service. They have arrested a man suspected of theft and during the prisoner's transfer Morávek meets Martina, daughter of the forester Bayer. Other men join the frontier guard regiment. The young couple's budding relationship ends tragically when Martina and her mother are both killed one night. Crushed by their death, Bayer leaves Planina for good, but the devastated Morávek must remain on his post. Everybody tries to help him, although they all have worries of their own. Vejvoda moves his wife from the interior to Planina. Corporal Karlíček, the compulsory regiment cook, is thrown into a cold mountain stream for his "products". Vršecký and Morávek are ordered to secure a safe crossing of the German border for an agent called Strejda (Gaffer). May 1947. During the arrest of a saboteur, a member of the guards is treacherously killed. Vršecký captures two criminals and kills the third one. February 1948. A dance party is interrupted by an order to the members of the FlyingUnit of the National Security Corps to come to Prague immediately to support the activities of the Communist Party. During these historic days, Morávek is guarding the highway. He stops a car that Strejda is driving. Morávek recognises Strejda but asks the driver to come to the station regardless. Strejda appears to be complying but then shoots at Morávek wounding him seriously, and escapes from the scene of the crime. While the new government is taking over power in the country, the young frontier guard is dying. The regiment commander Pavlík and his good-looking wife are imprisoned when it is confirmed that they have helped defectors cross the border in return for money. Vršecký becomes the new commander. October 1949. Vršecký with the dog Rex comes across a saboteur coming from Germany and kills him in the ensuing shoot-out. The enemy he has killed is the mysterious Strejda, enemy agent and Morávek's murderer! The days are passing by. Vejvoda gets transferred on his request and goes to join his wife, who has returned to the interior. Vršecký gazes with pride on the school children and the village bursting with life.

Cast

Jiří Bartoška

četař Láďa Vršecký

Ivan Vyskočil

desátník Ruda Morávek

Ladislav Potměšil

desátník Standa Vejvoda

Zdeněk Maryška

četař Pelák

Marcel Vašinka

desátník Albrecht

Jan Řeřicha

desátník Štochl

Jiří Lábus

desátník Karlíček, kuchař

Josef Nechutný

desátník Čížek

Jan Kraus

desátník Augusta

Miroslav Zounar

štábní strážmistr Pavlík

Karel Hlušička

zpravodajský pracovník zvaný Strejda

Zdeněk Kutil

praporčík Havelka, velitel

Jiří Tomek

předseda správní komise Kindl

Zuzana Geislerová

Věra, Vejvodova žena

Jana Gýrová

Pavlíkova žena

Jaroslav Rozsíval

vrchní strážmistr Sobota

Dušan Blaškovič

polesný Bayer

Zlata Adamovská

Martina, Bayerova dcera

Karel Šebesta

poručík SNB Bičovský

Ferdinand Krůta

osídlenec Lipár

Bohumil Vávra

osídlenec Vondráček

Pavla Maršálková

Vondráčkova žena

Dáša Neblechová

Bayerova žena

Tomáš Sedláček

četař Kopřiva

Petr Svárovský

svobodník Bárta

Pavel Trávníček

desátník Šíma

Rostislav Kuba

četař Koudelka

Zdeněk Mucha

četař Majer

Jiří Havel

četař Dušek

Karel Chromík

terorista Hans

Jaroslav Konečný

polesný Hakl

Svatopluk Skládal

řidič mlékárenského vozu

Bohuslav Ličman

terorista Werner

Jaroslav Mareš

starší zlatokop

Karel Knechtl

mladší zlatokop

Jiří Samek

kriminalista nadporučík Bureš

Antonín Procházka

mladší kopečkář

Josef Loučím

příslušník německé pohraniční policie

Ivan Gübel

vyzývavý mladík

Svatopluk Říčánek

kopečkář s kufrem

Vladimír Novotný

osídlenec Ondra, Lipárův bratr

Lena Birková

Morávkova matka

Dalibor Fiksa

starší kopečkář

Kamil Prachař

kopečkář

Karel Texel

příslušník STB

Jiří Kalaš

příslušník STB

Emil Žák

pohraničník

Jaroslav Horák

pohraničník

Vojtěch Hermann

pohraničník

František Přibáň

pohraničník

Mirko Musil

výčepní

Hana Vávrová

číšnice

Antonín Doležal (3)

řidič

Václav Krbec

řidič

Vladimír Kučera (2)

řidič

Jan Beneš (2)

hudebník

Ladislav Brejcha

hudebník

Václav Havlíček

hudebník

Jiljí Jahoda

hudebník

Václav Kopecký

hudebník

Vlastimil Kovářík

hudebník

Vratislav Křivánek

hudebník

Václav Pěč

hudebník

Karel Randák

hudebník

František Vyhnálek

hudebník

Dubbing

Petr Svojtka

hlas Bárty

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Josef Loučím

Assistant Director

Zdenka Barochová, Dalibor Fiksa

Screenstory

Rudolf Kalčík

Based on

Rudolf Kalčík (V ruce samopal – kniha)

Screenplay

Jaroslav Soukup

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Soukup

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Bartoš

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Dvořák Josef (výprava), Oldřich Halaza, Miroslav Matuška, Richard Staněk

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Jaroslav Kučera

Unit Production Manager

Milan Brabec, Milan Futera, Helena Strnadová, Olga Mimrová

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Bezdíček

Consultant

plk. Jan Kovář, pplk. Josef Thomayer, Zbyšek Svoboda

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Barták

Music Performed by

FISYO, skupina Zdeňka Bartáka ml.

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Drsná Planina

English Title

Rough Life at Planina

Working Title

Stav ohrožení

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

02.05.1980

Creative Group

Drahoslav Makovička

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1980
Košice / Czechoslovakia