The Day Full of Beginnings

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Den samých začátků

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Zelenka

Screenplay

Zdeněk Zelenka

Screenstory

Zdeněk Zelenka

Synopsis

A father comes to the hospital to pick up his son Filip who is about twelve years old. The boy has been ill for a long time and is already really looking forward to going fishing. But the two don't go home. Instead, they drive to a cottage where Filip has never been before. The father is trying to tell him something but doesn't know how to begin. They go to the fishpond behind the forest and start setting up a fishing rod. They missing some tools so Filip runs back to the cottage to get them. There is another car parked in front with Filip's mother standing next to it. The two greet each other. The mother offers to take Filip for a ride and the boy, a great fan of automobiles, is delighted. The woman drives him home where Filip meets a strange man, his mother's new partner. Confused, the boy returns to the cottage on his bicycle and hides in the house. He thus witnesses a quarrel between his parents who are searching for him, and he finds out about their divorce. When they fail to find their son, the mother leaves, followed by her new partner. The father also gets into his car and drives off. Filip is taking a shortcut through the woods and stumbles upon his father, who has collapsed on his car horn. He cannot be brought round, and so Filip pushes him onto the next seat. He remembers everything he knows about driving and slowly drives the car back to the hospital. He thus saves his father's life, as the man has suffered a heart attack.

Cast

Rudolf Jelínek

Filipův otec

Marie Málková

Filipova matka

Luba Skořepová

zdravotní sestra

Petr Oliva

Viktor Kraus, matčin nový partner

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Zdeněk Zelenka

Screenplay

Zdeněk Zelenka

Film Editor

Věra Kopková

Production Manager

Ivo Pavelek

Pedagogical management

Jiří Sequens (režie), Bořivoj Zeman (režie), Jiří Macháně (kamera), Alois Fišárek (střih), Viola Zelenková (produkce)

Production info

Original Title

Den samých začátků

English Title

The Day Full of Beginnings

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Versions

Czech