Like Rabbits

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

24 September 1982

Runtime

79 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Jako zajíci

Czech title

Jako zajíci

English title

Like Rabbits

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

David Talpa

Bob

Richard Starý

Mirek

Lubomír Kostelka

majitel hausbótu Kuželka

Jiřina Jelenská

starší 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

Shooting Script

Karel Smyczek

Director of Photography

Viktor Růžička

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Assistent Production Designer

Václav Hlávka

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Dana Smržová

Costume Designer

Kristina Novotná

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Assistant Film Editor

Eva Horázná

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 (klapka), Ivan Minář (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk John

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Songs

Babička Mary

Songwriter Jaroslav Ježek
Writer of Lyrics Jiří VoskovecJan Werich
Singer Zdeněk Johnsbor

Okolo Hradce

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer dětský sbor

Kolíne, Kolíne /parafráze Komíne, komíne/

Songwriter František Kmoch
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Zdeněk Svěrák

Na Okoř je cesta

Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Jako zajíci

Czech Title

Jako zajíci

English Title

Like Rabbits

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 12 September 1980
start of filming 21 April 1981
technical Screenplay approved 5 May 1981
end of filming 11 November 1981
projection approval 23 November 1981

Premiere

premiere 24 September 1982 /suitable for youths/

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

79 min

Original length in metres

2 253 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

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

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