Divorce Is Easy

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Když rozvod, tak rozvod

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.04.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Štěpán Skalský

Screenplay

Rudolf Ráž, Štěpán Skalský

Screenstory

Rudolf Ráž

Summary

In 1982, Štěpán Skalský filmed this tragicomedy. It serves as an exception for a director whose filmography is otherwise oriented towards more serious projects. In the sights of Skalský and screenwriter Rudolf Ráž we find one unavoidable component of the tense “normalisation” era – divorce. The film benefits from an outstanding performance by Vladimír Menšík as old roofer Arnošt Provazník – the irascible father of the film’s protagonist Pavla, who is seeking a radical solution to her sense of alienation from husband Hynek. The reason for this marital disharmony is Hynek’s fastidious and meddlesome mother, who loathes her own daughter-in-law. Hynek decides to conceal the impending divorce from his short-tempered father-in-law. But then the young man learns that Arnošt’s marriage is also on the rocks due to the husband’s infidelity. Jan Čenský and Veronika Žilková play the troubled young couple. Blanka Bohdanová offers a persuasive performance as Hynek’s mother.

Synopsis

A young married couple Pavla and Hynek are getting divorced. Hynek lives with his mother and is dating a student, Eva. Pavla moved with their little daughter, Pavlínka, to a small flat in a housing estate. Hynek's mother is glad of the divorce, she has reproached her daughter-in-law that her only son left his studies because of Pavla. Pavla's parents don't know anything. Neither Hynek nor Pavla found the courage to tell them about it. They are also afraid of Pavla's father, who is very quick-tempered. Therefore, when they get a telegramme that her father is coming to Prague, they take effort that he does not recognize anything. The father surprises them; he gives them a car so that they can visit in the village more often. Thus, the next weekend they have to visit her parents. Surprisingly they learn that her parents are also divorcing. Pavel's father, Arnošt, fell in love with a pretty widow Lucinka, and he built a new house for her out of love. He is planning to go abroad with her for a holiday. One evening he overhears by chance a dialogue between Lucinka and Hynek. It comes out that the young woman does not love Arnošt so much. Arnošt realizes he made a mistake. He has a quarrel with his daughter and she tells him she is divorcing. The father gets angry and, in the rage, he destroys the car he gave to the young couple. Also Hynek sees he made a mistake with the divorce and he wants to make it up. But Pavla comes back with her little daughter to Prague. In the general confusion Hynek's mother comes with her suitor Brázda. Hynek reproaches her for egoism and her share on his broken marriage. Then he borrows the car of his father-in-law and leaves for Prague to Pavla. Arnošt stays with his wife.

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Cast

Vladimír Menšík

pokrývač Arnošt Provazník

Marcela Martínková

Pavla, Provazníkova manželka

Veronika Žilková

Pavla Dolejšová, dcera Provazníkových

Jan Čenský

Hynek, Pavlin manžel

Blanka Bohdanová

Věra Dolejšová, Hynkova matka, kostýmní návrhářka

Laďka Kozderková

vdova Lucinka Komárková, Arnoštova milenka

Zlata Adamovská

studentka Eva, Hynkova milenka

Marie Brožová

Šimková, Provazníkova sousedka

Zdeněk Řehoř

MUDr. Brázda, nápadník Hynkovy matky

Karel Koloušek

Jenda Vaněček, nápadník Hynkovy matky

Eva Klepáčová

předsedkyně rozvodového soudu

Nicol Kubrová

Pavlínka, dcera Dolejšových

Jana Robenková

poštovní doručovatelka

Josef Střecha

přísedící

Eliška Nejedlá

úřednice spořitelny

Barbora Švejdová

spoře oblečená dívka

Marta Skarlandtová

ona sama, televizní hlasatelka

Jan Cmíral ml.

taxikář

Vlastimil Bedrna

chlápek s Komárkovou

Karel Hábl

chirurg

Milan Klacek

Pavlin nadřízený

Uršula Kluková

telefonistka na poště

Karel Engel

dubl za Jana Čenského

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Lada Vacková

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Fiala, Jan Menšík, Dagmar Švejdová

Screenstory

Rudolf Ráž

Shooting Script

Štěpán Skalský

Script Editor

Věra Kalábová

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Camera Operator

Jiří Knotek

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Costume Designer

Marie Franková

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jana Koubová, Jarmila Tomišková

Cooperation

Vítězslava Marčíková, Jiří Kučera, Věra Flaková, Eva Horázná, Libuše Jahodová

Music

Music Composed by

Vlastimil Hála

Selected Music

Ludwig van Beethoven (Trojkoncert)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

A když se budou ptát, Tequila 74

Songwriter

Vlastimil Hála (A když se budou ptát), Jan Hála (Tequila 74)

Writer of Lyrics

Jaroslav Navrátil (A když se budou ptát)

Singer

Milan Chladil (A když se budou ptát), Yvetta Simonová (A když se budou ptát)

Production info

Original Title

Když rozvod, tak rozvod

English Title

Divorce Is Easy

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.04.1983

Creative Group

Jiří Blažek

Technical info

Versions

Czech