The Field Overgrown with Thorn Bushes

psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Trnové pole

Runtime

69

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

20.02.1981

Language version

Czech

Director

Otakar Kosek

Screenplay

Jiří Křenek, Otakar Kosek

Screenstory

Jiří Křenek

Summary

Gottwaldov Film Studios (now Zlín) replenished the supply of “socially engaged” 1980s feature films with this drama. The lead character is Dubovec, the ageing chairman of a successful agricultural cooperative. After overworking himself, he ends up in hospital, where, as an eminent local, he receives extra care and gets on the path to a slow recovery. Dubovec recounts how he succeeded in turning the pitiful cooperative into a thriving business. Doctor Holková tends to the patient, and urges him to realise that life is about more than just work. However, she is experiencing marriage troubles that she is not able to solve… The leading parts in the feature – a good example of “ideological film production” of its time – are played by Karel Vochoč and Jaroslava Tvrzníková.

Synopsis

A successful co-op farm chairman is taken from work right to a hospital. His old friend, the senior consultant Hlásenský tells him his disease is serious and orders him to take a rest. He assigns doctor Holková to take care of him; however she behaves inaccessibly to him. She does not like he is provided an preferential care. She devotes to him, though, often even in her leisure time. Gradually both the middle-aged people become close friends. The doctor is interested in the chairman's life-story. He came to the co-op farm by his request in 1958. The beginning was not easy but the chairman was not used to give way to obstacles and problems. Thus, in course of twenty years, he managed to turn the dilapidating co-op farm into a prosperous firm with its own vineyards and orchards. Now, made to rest in bed, he revises his life. The doctor reads him a Rolland novel Colas Breugnon and during common chats she invites him into other sides of life, not only work. At the same time she is getting under the influence of his strong personality. She does not live a happy life with her superficial and unstable partner, so her relationship with the chairman makes her think of her life. After completing his treatment the chairman cannot spare his health condition and gets back to his post as a head of the co-op. Once he was visited by the doctor; both of them say nothing has changed in their lives.

Note

A contribution of the Gottwaldov Film Studio to the 16th Congress of the Czechoslovak Communist Party.

Cast

Karel Vochoč

předseda JZD v Dubovci

Jaroslava Tvrzníková

MUDr. Martina Holková

František Řehák

primář MUDr. Hlásenský

Josef Karlík

Drábek

Zdeněk Hradilák

podivín zvaný Zlatokop

Zdena Herfortová

manželka předsedy

Petr Skarke

inženýr, Martinin přítel

Irena Visnarová

dívka v sudu s hrozny

Alois Liškutín

opilý družstevník

Stanislav Tříska

muž na toaletě

Ivan Frič

závozník

Václav Antoš

člen předsednictva JZD

František Borovec

Ivan Dědeček

Ladislav Mareček

Crew and creators

Director

Otakar Kosek

Second Unit Director

Ivan Frič

Assistant Director

Zdeňka Stiborová

Screenstory

Jiří Křenek

Script Editor

Josef Vaculík

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Kolář

Camera Operator

Josef Ryšánek

Production Designer

Zdeněk Rozkopal

Set Designer

Ivo Formánek, Emil Hrazdira, František Santarius

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Zdeněk Stibor

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Zemanec, Dušan Schaffer

Consultant

František Daňhel

Cooperation

JZD Mír Práče, C. Procházka, Vladislav Kucharski, Marie Vrlová, Vlasta Malotová, Jitka Zvirocká, Jan Daňhel (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Vadim Petrov

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Trnové pole

English Title

The Field Overgrown with Thorn Bushes

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Premiere

20.02.1981

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival českých a slovenských filmů Kladno

1981
Kladno / Czechoslovakia
Otakar Kosek