Partial Eclipse

narrative, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Neúplné zatmění

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.03.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaromil Jireš

Summary

Director Jaromil Jireš made a number of successful, intelligent films in the 1980s, including this 1982 psychological drama, written by Daniela Fišerová as her first screenplay. Like on so many occasions, the seasoned director is able to empathise with the character of a young girl playing the central role. This time around he presents a convincing portrayal of 14-year-old Marta, who is forced to change her life because of a sight impairment. When she realises there is little hope of regaining her vision, she cannot cope with living in an institute for sight-impaired children, and even attempts suicide. But Marta gains new faith and addresses her lost internal equilibrium thanks to a new psychologist, who specialises in researching sensory imagination… This melodramatic story of a young girl’s plight is elevated by Jireš’s perceptive direction and the performance of non-professional actor Lucie Pátiková. Oldřich Navrátil stars as psychologist Moš.

Synopsis

The fourteen-year old Marta Rezková has lost most of her sight. She lives with her mum and her younger sister Zuzana, still hoping that she will recover one day and see properly again. She, however, learns from the conversation between her mother and doctor, which she overhead by accident that there is not much hope. She also learns that the cause of her blindness could have been a concussion resulting from an injury. Marta comes back to the memory of her fall from a chairoplane which was actually caused by her sister Zuzana. She then promised her to keep the accident secret. Mother takes Marta to the Institute for Children with Impaired Sight on the doctor's recommendation. Marta, however, retreats within herself there and performs the training in practical skills for the blind only mechanically and with apathy. She resolves to commit a suicide and records her suicide note on a tape. A change in her life arrives with the new psychologist Moš who wants to continue his research of sensory imagination and perception in the institute. The sensitive Marta seems to be the most appropriate object for his research and through their sessions Marta slowly recovers her lost certainty, but they have some pitfalls as well - Marta gets too fixated on the young man. Moš is supposed to submit his work to the professional public at a symposium in Brno and he takes Marta with him. But his research does not meet success and the two return discontented. Moš gets ready to leave the institute. Sister Zuzana waits for Marta in the institute and the girl decides to send the suicide note via her. She is spotted by the leaving Moš on a half-broken balcony and the psychologist runs after her. But the girl succeeds in handing the recorded cassette to her sister anyway. Moš has a radical conversation with Marta. He appreciates, among other things, that she helped him in his research and made him learn many things. Marta quickly comes back to her senses. She even manages to arrive in Prague in time to destroy the recording before her mother can play it. Marta has recovered her lost composure and believes that she can live even with her handicap.

Cast

Lucie Pátíková

Marta Rezková

Oldřich Navrátil

psycholog PhDr. Moš

Blanka Bohdanová

rehabilitační sestra

Jana Březinová

Jana Rezková, Martina maminka

Gabriela Bešťáková

Zuzana, Martina sestra

Michaela Kušnerová

Eva, Martina spolubydlící

Jitka Zelenohorská

vychovatelka v internátě

Ondřej Havelka

oční lékař

Otto Lackovič

řidič nákladního automobilu TIR

Lída Vostrčilová

učitelka v internátě

Jana Kulendová

zdravotní sestra na očním

Simona Stašová

zdravotní sestra v internátě

Jana Lojkásková

sestřinka

Gustav Bubník

starší spolužák

Roman Hemala

fotograf

Jana Široká

učitelka

Dagmar Vágnerová

lékařka

Jarmila Nedvídková

dáma

Jan Kuděla

divák na přednášce

Elen Řádová

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Michal Vostřez

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Fiala, Lenka Němečková

Shooting Script

Jaromil Jireš

Script Editor

Kristián Suda

Second Unit Photography

Martin Benoni

Camera Operator

Milan Kopecký

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

Miloslav Dvořák, Jiří Forst, Lubomír Kafka, Josef Večerek

Film Editor

Josef Valušiak

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Special Effects

Ludvík Malý

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jana Koubová, Jarmila Tomišková

Unit Production Manager

Aleš Komárek

Consultant

MUDr. Stanislav Rodný, PhDr. Magda Vágnerová

Cooperation

Vítězslava Marčíková, Jan Kuděla, Jan Svoboda (střih), Jana Šimonová, Olga Rosenfelderová

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Pololáník

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Niagára, Pes jitrničku sežral

Songwriter

Eduard Ingriš (Niagára)

Writer of Lyrics

Eduard Ingriš (Niagára)

Singer

dívčí sbor (Niagára), Oldřich Navrátil (Pes jitrničku sežral)

Production info

Original Title

Neúplné zatmění

English Title

Partial Eclipse

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.03.1983

Creative Group

Stanislav Rudolf

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 9. mezinárodní festival zdravotnických filmů a filmů Červeného kříže Varna

1983
Varna / Bulgaria
Lucie Patíková

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti Kalkata

1983
Kalkata / India

Vítěz

Festival: 10. festival zdravotnických filmů Podbořany

1983
Podbořany / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 21. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ostrava

1983
Ostrava / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti Kalkata

1983
Kalkata / India

Vítěz

Exhibition: 15. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1983
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Lucie Patíková

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti Kalkata

1983
Kalkata / India

Vítěz

Festival: 23. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1983
Zlín / Czechoslovakia