Inspector Fulín arrives by train at the village of Lubenec to visit the local duchy residence. He is picked up by the caretaker Arnošt at the railway station. On the way, they run into the mad and deaf-mute girl Klára. The old duke looks very ascetic; the only passion of his life seems to be growing plants in his garden and his giant greenhouse. Inspector Fulín appears to be very familiar with bulbs, and the eccentric duke thus entrusts him with an essential task: to find out from where the otherwise mad Klára brings the unique flowers – blue chrysanthemums. An automobile trip does not help solve the mystery because the enthusiastically braying girl agrees with any direction. The car eventually goes too far. Fulín therefore calculates the approximate distance which the girl is able to walk. Search parties are put together of pupils of the adjacent schools, local inhabitants and members of the local police. But the action eventually fails and the duke fires Fulín. The inspector ensconces himself on a train by the window. But after a while, he notices something what makes him pull the emergency brake: the fence of the small house of the railway watchman is covered with tufts of a blue flower. The morose watchman, who considers the unique flower to be just a weed, refuses to sell him the flowers. He even bans him from getting close to them because they grow too near to the track where pedestrians are forbidden to go. Fulín nevertheless succeeds in seizing several flowers and takes them to the city on the next train.
Karel Čapek (Modrá chryzantéma – povídka ze sbírky Povídky z jedné kapsy)
Jaroslav Vítovec, Karel Cinke
medium length film