Like Rabbits

children, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jako zajíci

Runtime

79

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

24.09.1982

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Smyczek

Screenplay

Radek John, Ivo Pelant

Screenstory

Radek John, Ivo Pelant

Summary

Intelligent movies about youth, which were critically aware of the socialist reality, were a strong suit of director Jiří Smyczek in the 1980s. Following his 1979 debut Housata (Goslings), set in a girls’ college boardinghouse, Smyczek focused on boys in his tragicomedies Jen si tak trochu písknout (Just to Whistle a Bit, 1980) and Jako zajíci (Like Rabbits, 1981). Both films present an outwardly relaxed “summery” atmosphere. In Like Rabbits, sensitive adolescent Petr (Štěpán Kment) is a new arrival at a holiday village by Slapy reservoir. There, he gets to know a local bunch of lads and makes friends with the most sympathetic boy, the maverick Michal (Michal Dlouhý). Michal wagers with his father that he could survive for a week in the woods without any help from anybody. Just as occurs with adults, the youngsters begin to change under the strain of various pressures. Their co-existence together over the holidays becomes a discreet reflection of an intolerant society.

Synopsis

The Dušek family are constructing a cottage in the weekend settlement on the bank of the dam. In the meantime, their son Petr tries to make friends with local boys. But he does not like the games of the gang, especially when they destroy a shelter of Michal Souček. Michal bet an air gun with his father that he would survive for a week without any help from others. Petr likes Michal and, therefore, he often sets off to the wood to see him. Dušek refuses to intervene for the wiring system, and the cottage owners begin to do nasty things to him. Owners of the houseboats on the dam are leaving. The authorities ordered them to leave the dam. This order is also valid for Michal's father. The cottagers continue in their bad behaviour against Dušek. His building permit is taken away. Michal's stay in the wood is soon to be over. Petr wants to help the exhausted boy, but he resists. But when it starts raining, he uses a piece of linoleum he had gotten from Petr as a protection. Mr. Souček throws a party to celebrate the end of the bet. But Michal refuses the air gun and admits that Petr helped him. Souček could buy a cottage in the settlement, but Michal is against it. He does not want to be snobbish. Petr is sad that his friend will leave. But one more disappointment is to come. His father falls into line: in the evening lights turn on in the cottage settlement and the cottagers celebrate. Michal leaves with his father in a canoe and the greedy cottagers soon take their deserted houseboat apart.

Cast

Zdeněk Svěrák

Václav Dušek

Jana Drbohlavová

Duškova žena

Štěpán Kment

Petr, syn Duškových

Vít Olmer

majitel hausbótu Souček

Michal Dlouhý

Michal, Součkův syn

Oldřich Vlach

chatař František Kolínský

Jana Břežková

Zuzana, manželka Kolínského

Barbora Srncová

Katka, dcera Kolínských

Zbyněk Honzík

Nikotýn

David Talpa

Bob

Richard Starý

Mirek

Lubomír Kostelka

majitel hausbótu Kuželka

Jiřina Jelenská

starší drbna

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

mladší drbna

Valentina Thielová

Mirkova matka

Hana Talpová

chatařka se psem

Jiří Hálek

Malík, pěstitel skalky

Jaromír Kučera

majitel hausbótu Kučera

Miloslav Štibich

chatař pod slunečníkem

Jan Cmíral

tlustý muž

Karel Chromík

muž s nůžkami

Milada Ježková

chatařka s králíkárnou

Anna Wetlinská

chatařka s čepicí

Zdeněk John

kytarista

Milan Hein

muž s televizí

Bohumil Koška

majitel sauny

Josef Střecha

majitel hausbótu

Klára Smyczková

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Zelenka

Assistant Director

Eliška Moulisová, Marie Brodilová

Shooting Script

Karel Smyczek

Script Editor

Pavla Frýdlová

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Dana Smržová

Costume Designer

Kristina Novotná

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Věra Lukášová, Petr Prejda, Eliška Sekavová

Unit Production Manager

Eliška Sekavová

Cooperation

Helena Friedlová (2), Ivan Minář, Eva Horázná, Václav Hlávka

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk John

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Babička Mary, Okolo Hradce, Kolíne, Kolíne /parafráze Komíne, komíne/, Na Okoř je cesta

Songwriter

Jaroslav Ježek (Babička Mary), lidová píseň (Okolo Hradce), František Kmoch (Kolíne, Kolíne /parafráze Komíne, komíne/)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Voskovec (Babička Mary), Jan Werich (Babička Mary), František Kudrna (Kolíne, Kolíne /parafráze Komíne, komíne/)

Singer

Zdeněk John (Babička Mary), sbor (Babička Mary), dětský sbor (Okolo Hradce), Zdeněk Svěrák (Kolíne, Kolíne /parafráze Komíne, komíne/), sbor (Na Okoř je cesta)

Production info

Original Title

Jako zajíci

English Title

Like Rabbits

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Premiere

24.09.1982

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 22. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1982
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 14. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1982
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Michal Dlouhý

Vítěz

Festival: 20. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ústí nad Labem

1982
Ústí nad Labem / Czechoslovakia
Zdeněk John

Vítěz

Exhibition: 14. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1982
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 14. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1982
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia