Raspberry Coctail

psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Malinový koktejl

Runtime

71

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.06.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislava Sieberová

Summary

The sole film made by director Ladislava Sieberová prior to her exile from Czechoslovakia. Malinový koktejl (Raspberry Coctail, 1982) tells the story of a high-schooler who fails to gain a place at university and necessarily finds herself having to take a job behind the counter at a buffet. At first, 19-year-old Mahula refuses to partake in ripping off customers like the other staff. But eventually she buckles to the ways of her colleagues. In her personal life, meanwhile, her choices are nowhere near as clear as they are, for instance, as when she dilutes raspberry cocktails at work. She begins dating a young, married doctor, Viky Kodat, while also finding support from solid university student Tomáš. The main role in this “normalisation” era “social” film was taken by the then popular actress Yvetta Kornová. Viky was played by Jiří Kodeš, and Tomáš by Marek Brodský, who enjoyed a debut success in director Vladimír Drha’s Dneska přišel nový kluk (A New Boy Started Today, 1981). Music by Michael Kocáb, and the singing of Jana Kratochvílová, contributes to the contemporary feel of this film.

Synopsis

Mahula Místková fails to get into university after passing her A levels, and thus starts work as a salesgirl in a snack bar. She soon finds out that all her colleagues cheat the customers. Mahula does not want to agree to the corrupt practices, but after a month account there is a shortfall and she must borrow some money to pay it off. She therefore starts learning from the others and is surprised that their practices bring a welcome contribution to her own wage, too. She meets a young physician Viky Kodat in the snack bar and becomes close to him, although she knows that he is married. Viky invites her to the mountains during Christmas. Mahula indeed arrives to the mountain chalet but finds out that Viky had cancelled their room reservation, and thus works her sojourn off as a waitress. She befriends a university student, Tomáš, there and spends all her leisure time with him even when the two return to the town. She wants to please Tomáš, borrowing money from her sister Mirka and buying him a moped. She is sure to be easily able to pay off the loan from her underhand income, for example by thinning the raspberry coctails. After some hesitation, Mahula accepts Viky's invitation for dinner and the man apologizes for the failed mountain trip, offering her the possibility of going to Tunisia with him for three years. Tomᚠurges Mahula to think about her studies. The couple spends a beautiful weekend in the mountain chalet of Tomáš's grandfather. Back in town, Mahula goes to Viky's to return the borrowed sports suits which belonged to Viky's wife. Viky repeats his invitation to Tunisia but Mahula wants to break up with him definitely. After the delicious dinner prepared by the doctor Mahula falls asleep in his armchair. The next morning, she calls work and uses illness as an excuse for her absence. Tomᚠsearches for her at a reported "girlfriend's" place but he runs into doctor Kodat at the door. He grasps everything and leaves without saying a word. Mahula runs after him, but there is no one on the street.

Cast

Yvetta Kornová

prodavačka Mahula Místková

Marek Brodský

student Tomáš

Jiří Kodeš

MUDr. Viktor Kodat zvaný Viky

Jiřina Třebická

výčepní Chrastítková

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

Mirka, Mahulina sestra

Josef Jurásek

Jan manžel Mirky

Ludmila Baštincová

prodavačka Malinová

Ľudovít Kroner

sběrač nádobí Kulha

Helena Trýbová

Skřivánková

Milan Vágner

vedoucí automatu

Ludmila Slancová

servírka Lidunka

Josef Kouřil

výčepní Chrastítko

Jan Janda (výroba)

zákazník automatu

Jaromír Hrůza

Rostislav Marek

student na horách

Stanislav Moša

student na horách

Jiří Hubička

student na horách

Jana Kafková

studentka

Jaroslava Zimová (2)

studentka

Martina Nováková

studentka

Ivo Saniter

student

Luboš Ondráček

student

Božena Bělohradová

studentka

Leona Richterová

studentka

Martina Fričová

studentka

Dubbing

Dalimil Klapka

hlas Kulha

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Zuzana Zemanová, Vladimír Prager, Věra Dvořáková

Screenstory

Jana Knitlová

Screenplay

Jana Knitlová

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Kolář

Camera Operator

Dalibor Michalčík

Production Designer

Petr Smola

Set Designer

Ivo Formánek, Josef Šťovíček, Josef Vojtášek, Ignác Samohýl

Sound Designer

Lubor Hochmann

Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Unit Production Manager

Jarmila Bartoníková, Věra Kopecká

Unit Production Manager

Lenka Vlčková

Cooperation

Eva Doležalová, Zdeněk Bobek, Marie Vrlová, Vlasta Malotová

Music

Music Composed by

Michael Kocáb

Songs

Za výlohou obchodního domu, Všechno je všední, Na mě se nedívej, Píseň beze slov, Mimořádná linka /Praha – Tokio/

Songwriter

Michael Kocáb (Za výlohou obchodního domu), Michael Kocáb (Všechno je všední), Michael Kocáb (Na mě se nedívej), Bobby Heatlie (Mimořádná linka /Praha – Tokio/)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Suchý (Za výlohou obchodního domu), Jiří Suchý (Všechno je všední), Jiří Suchý (Na mě se nedívej), Michael Prostějovský (Mimořádná linka /Praha – Tokio/)

Singer

Jana Kratochvílová (Za výlohou obchodního domu), Jana Kratochvílová (Všechno je všední), Jana Kratochvílová (Na mě se nedívej), Miroslav Paleček (Píseň beze slov), Hana Zagorová (Mimořádná linka /Praha – Tokio/)

Production info

Original Title

Malinový koktejl

English Title

Raspberry Coctail

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.06.1983

Technical info

Versions

Czech