You’re Card-Sharper

children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jsi falešný hráč

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1986

Production year

1986

Premiere

01.09.1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Zelenka

Screenplay

Zdeněk Zelenka

Screenstory

Zdeněk Zelenka

Summary

After his fairytale-themed film debut Čarovné dědictví (Enchanted Heritage, 1985) writer-director Zdeněk Zelenka turned to the subject of adolescent growing pains in his next film Jsi falešný hráč (You're Card-Sharper). The main protagonists of this 1986 film are two young school friends on the cusp of adulthood, whose time together serves as an escape from troubled family lives. Gifted Adam Martínek is battling with a distant and ambitious mother, while Dušan Petera is suffering from the effects of having an alcoholic father. The friends manage to make money thanks to a band set up at the local people’s art school, in which Adam plays trumpet. But the tight-knit friendship soon begins to unravel. Non-actors Roland Samek (Dušan) and Filip Mourel (Adam) take the lead roles. The effectiveness of this story of rural youngsters is assisted by its adult cast – Ladislav Mrkvička and Daniela Kolářová in the roles of Dušan’s parents, and Iva Janžurová as a local and understanding class teacher.

Synopsis

Adam Martínek plays a trumpet in the music school group. His best friend is Dušan Peter. When their parents are quarrelling, the boys sometimes overnight with each other. Peter's father began to drink because his wife is unfaithful to him. Adam is escaping from her cold and ambitious mother. The class teacher is taking them regularly to school by car. She does not understand why the talented Adam failed the entrance exams to grammar school. When Dušan's father is drunk, he breaks the music instruments of the musicians in the pub and they cannot play at a golden wedding. Adam persuades his group to play there because of Dušan. For this performance the boys get money. They like it and they choose Dušan as a manager and a cashier. Adam becomes jealous of Dušan, and their friendship gets a first crack, which gets bigger by mutual mistrust. Adam said to Dušan, that he failed the entrance exams to the grammar school to spite his mother. Dušan breaks the given promise and tells the reason of Adam's failure to the teacher. They also become rivals when they both like the same girl. The group of boys plays at a wedding during a time when they have classes. The teacher comes to pick them up there and Adam suspects Dušan of a betrayal. The boys fight and Adam writes to Dušan that his mother is leaving the family because of another man. Peter boozes away the money which belonged to the group. The group harshly wants the money back. Adam advocates him, but despite of that the boys don't reconcile. Adam admits to Dušan that he failed the exams because of examination fever. When he is supposed to go with his mother to the school appeal commission, Adam unhappily tears his trousers. Dušan wants to help him, but they don't manage to mend the trousers. However he releases him from the examination fever. He calls it an unnecessary fear from his mother. The boys are friends again and their nice teacher supports them.

Note

František Palka is the author of the Valachian motifs on the walls of the restaurant Valašský šenk (Valachian taproom) in Vizovice.

Cast

Roland Samek

Dušan Petera

Filip Moural

trumpetista Adam Martínek

Iva Janžurová

třídní učitelka Jarmilka Tauferová

Daniela Kolářová

zdravotní sestra Peterová, Dušanova matka

Ladislav Mrkvička

Petera, Dušanův otec

Evelyna Steimarová

Dana Martínková, Adamova matka

Petr Popelka

Martínek, Adamův otec

Petr Valík

Zbyněk

Matěj Vondrejs

Emil

David Jančík

Filip

Tomáš Kristek

Ondra

Jiří Knotek (2)

David

Michaela Mikulášová

Simona Jiroušková

Vlasta Fialová

ředitelka školy

Věra Tichánková

Drábková

Miriam Kantorková

hostinská

Václav Babka

kapelník

Luděk Kopřiva

Burda, hráč na basu

Lubomír Lipský

vlezlý host v restauraci

Karel Vochoč

výpravčí

Filip Renč

novomanžel

Ľudovít Kroner

ženich na zlaté svatbě, Burdův otec

Jaroslav Tomsa

rváč-klarinetista

Jiří Tomek

zástupce ředitelky

Josef Kubíček

číšník

Jaroslav Dufek

otec na svatbě

Zdeněk Dvořák

karosář

Steva Maršálek

mistr v lese, Peterův šéf

Eva Vidlařová

vrchní sestra

Zbyněk Honzík

Simonin přítel

Vladuna Polanská

přísná učitelka

Miroslava Kolářová

zdravotní sestra

Monika Svobodová

zdravotní sestra

Ivana Valová

zdravotní sestra

Jaroslav Kyncl

strojvůdce motorového vlaku

David Vaněk

hráč dechovky LŠU

Zdeněk Chudožilov

hráč dechovky LŠU

Dalibor Kozmík

hráč dechovky LŠU

Jan Seifert

hráč dechovky LŠU

Pavel Dvořák (4)

hráč dechovky LŠU

Josef Konečný

hráč dechovky LŠU

Rudolf Bečica

hráč dechovky LŠU

Jiří Žurek

hráč dechovky LŠU

Radek Gajdošík

hráč dechovky LŠU

Robert Dlesk

hráč dechovky LŠU

Dan Rafaj

hráč dechovky LŠU

Ivo Thurner

hráč dechovky LŠU

Jiří Kadlčák

hráč dechovky LŠU

Robert Nešpor

hráč dechovky LŠU

Marie Komňacká

žačka Brudňáková

Vlasta Mecnarowská

korepetitorka

Věra Nováková

stará Burdová

Miroslav Bezdíček

stařeček

Milada Kuncová

paní výpravčí

Miloš Vosmanský

svatebčan

Jiří Kraus

muž ve rvačce

František Stupka

muž ve rvačce

Karel Engel

muž ve rvačce

Jaroslav Šanda

muž ve rvačce

Jaroslav Tomsa

muž ve rvačce

Dubbing

Michal Dlouhý

hlas Dušana

Petr Strnad

Radek Pechlát

hlas Zbyňka

Petr Šimák

hlas Filipa

Filip Čáp

hlas Ondry

David Novotný

hlas Davida

Dalimil Klapka

hlas výpravčího

Jiří Wohanka

hlas karosáře

Zdeňka Sajfertová

hlas vrchní sestry

Hana Talpová

hlas učitelky

Gabriela Osvaldová

hlas zdravotní sestry

Karel Urbánek

hlas strojvůdce

Lena Birková

hlas korepetitorky

Jindra Kvardová

hlas Burdové

Tomáš Jančařík

hlas svatebčan

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Urban

Assistant Director

Dagmar Švejdová, Taťána Havlíčková, Pavel Nášel, Filip Renč

Screenstory

Zdeněk Zelenka

Screenplay

Zdeněk Zelenka

Script Editor

Jan Gogola

Second Unit Photography

Sead Muhtarević

Camera Operator

Miloš Mališka

Production Designer

Petr Smola

Art Director

František Palka

Set Designer

Josef Vojtášek

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Petr Sitár

Titles Designed by

Zdena Bláhová

Production Manager

Zdeněk Stibor

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Zemanec, Věra Kopecká

Unit Production Manager

Milan Sedláček

Consultant

Jaroslav Bílý

Cooperation

Hana Daňková, Jiří Balga, Josef Havlíček, Růžena Hejsková, Ladislav Procházka, Zdeněk Skaunic, Jitka Zvirocká

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří F. Svoboda

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

When the Saints Go Marching In, Kdyby byl Bavorov, Co je to, My jsme Valaši, Nepudeme domů až ráno, Na hradě Okoři, Co jste, hasiči, Santa Lucia, Děvčátko, Ešče si zazpívám, Přeštické panenky

Songwriter

tradicionál (When the Saints Go Marching In), lidová píseň (Kdyby byl Bavorov), Jiří F. Svoboda (Co je to), lidová píseň (My jsme Valaši), lidová píseň (Co jste, hasiči), Teodoro Cottrau (Santa Lucia), lidová píseň (Ešče si zazpívám), lidová píseň (Přeštické panenky)

Writer of Lyrics

Naďa Urbánková (Co je to), Zdeněk Borovec (Santa Lucia)

Singer

Naďa Urbánková (Co je to), dětský sbor (My jsme Valaši), sbor (Nepudeme domů až ráno), sbor (Na hradě Okoři), sbor (Co jste, hasiči), Ladislav Mrkvička (Santa Lucia), Roland Samek [dab] (Santa Lucia), Michal Dlouhý (Santa Lucia), sbor (Děvčátko), dívčí sbor (Ešče si zazpívám), dívčí sbor (Přeštické panenky)

Production info

Original Title

Jsi falešný hráč

English Title

You’re Card-Sharper

Copyright

1986

Production Year

1986

Premiere

01.09.1987

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 19. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1987
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Zdeněk Zelenka