The Rabbit Case

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Causa Králík

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

29.02.1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaromil Jireš

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl

Screenstory

Jaroslav Dietl

Summary

One of actor Miloš Kopecký’s most memorable roles, Causa Králík (The Rabbit Case) is a 1979 dark comedy directed by Jaromil Jireš. Two years earlier, Kopecký received acclaim for his role as Doctor Štrosmajer in the TV series Nemocnice na kraji města (Hospital at the End of the City). Writer Jaroslav Dietl also pens this movie, which tells the story of renowned Prague lawyer Lukášek, who is forced by poor health to leave the city and move into a small town near the mountains. But far from the quiet life, the expert in human injustice is drawn into a familiar world of evil and greed. The diligent robber of local cottages Pastyřík, or the eternally jealous Vrána, present a depressing picture of morality for the lawyer. Thankfully, local grandmother Márová, preyed on for money by her own nephew, offers the lawyer a more meaningful opportunity. The film’s title stems from the role of the grandmother, portrayed by Marie Brožová, who instead of monetary payment offers meals of freshly-killed rabbits.

Synopsis

Oldřich Lukášek, a respected Prague solicitor, lets him shifted for health reasons to the small town at the foot-hills. In the local advocate advice bureau unpatiently awaits him his secretary Zuzana and work at the penal and offence cases, sometimes odd and humorous, sometimes tragic. Experienced Lukášek soon starts orientating not only in judicial cases but also at the situation of the small town, in which, as elsewhere, exist dishonesty, flyness and pressure of the powerful by influence or money. The thief Pastyřík, who concentrates on the weekend houses, pleads guilty to unbelievable great number of operations, which rouses smile at the concerned at the court. On the contrary, the destiny of jealous Vrána, who attacked his Zdenička after finding out that she was unfaithful, is one of the sad cases. Similarly, cheerless is the case of granny Márová who was robbed by her own nephew. At the beginnig Lukášek loses the fight with him but kind granny is unsparing with reward - she brings Lukášek home bred rabbits. After several hearings Lukášek wins the feud with the nephew. But the pleasure in victory of justice does not take a long time. The smooth-tongued nephew once more deceives his auntie and she takes back her suit. Lukášek could play trump, he could use the negative information on the nephew. But he resigns at this possibility for it would not be a "chaste work". Thus there remains the bitter knowledge that the rogues have always the upper hand.

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Cast

Marie Brožová

babička Anna Márová

Miloš Kopecký

advokát JUDr. Oldřich Lukášek

Jaroslav Satoranský

Karel Joun, synovec Anny Márové

Martin Růžek

předseda soudu JUDr. Petřík

Zlata Adamovská

sekretářka Zuzana Bulínová

Alena Vránová

Lukáškova manželka

Pavel Zedníček

vykradač chat Pastyřík

Karel Augusta

žárlivec Miroslav Vrána

Soběslav Sejk

soudce JUDr. Špaček

MUDr. Miroslav Plzák

MUDr. Petr Drasnar

Vlastimil Hašek

svědek Václav Chmelař, automechanik

Jana Andresíková

kadeřnice, Chmelařova bývalá žena

Irena Hahnová

Jana Kynclová, Jounova dívka

Marie Málková

servírka Zdena Kardová, Vránova družka

Věra Kubánková

předsedkyně krajského soudu

Ladislav Goral

klient Laco Demeter

Eugen Jegorov

zloděj Dušek

Vladimír Hlavatý

Chmelařův otec

Marcel Vašinka

číšník Láďa

Oldřich Velen

obžalovaný Suchomel

Jitka Zelenohorská

zapisovatelka u soudu s Jounem

Jaroslav Vozáb

předseda senátu

Jan Cmíral

předseda senátu

Lena Birková

zapisovatelka u soudu s Vránou

Miluše Zoubková

Drasnarova žena

Jan Kotva

prokurátor/Zuzanin přítel

Bohuslav Ličman

prokurátor

Vladimír Navrátil

prokurátor

Raoul Schránil

prokurátor

Gustav Jankovský

obžalovaný

Jiří Lír

obžalovaný

Gabriela Najmanová

obžalovaná

Vít Pešina

soudce

Václav Syřiště

řidič nákladního auta

MUDr. Josef Jonáš

Lukáškův přítel

Slávka Hamouzová

členka senátu

František Červinka

člen senátu

Dubbing

Milan Riehs

hlas MUDr. Drasnara

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miroslav Kubišta

Assistant Director

Michal Vostřez, Adriena Váchová, Lenka Němečková

Screenstory

Jaroslav Dietl

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl

Shooting Script

Jaromil Jireš

Script Editor

Zdeněk Dufek

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Jiří Ondráček

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Rudolf Kinský, Miroslav Stibr

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Film Editor

Josef Valušiak

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jana Koubová, Ladislav Beneš

Consultant

JUDr. Miroslav Hamerle

Cooperation

Dagmar Jonášová, Jan Kuděla, Jana Šimonová

Music

Music Composed by

Vadim Petrov

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Causa Králík

English Title

The Rabbit Case

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

29.02.1980

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Soutěž belgických filmových distributorů Brusel

1981
Brusel / Belgium

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1980
Košice / Czechoslovakia
Miloš Kopecký