My Daughter’s Surgery

melodrama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Operace mé dcery

Runtime

81

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1986

Production year

1986

Premiere

01.02.1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Ivo Novák

Screenplay

Stanislav Rudolf, Ivo Novák

Summary

The books for young people written by novelist Stanislav Rudolf served to inspire filmmakers on a number of occasions. Besides writing the screenplay for Údolí krásných žab (The Valley of Beautiful Frogs, 1973), Rudolf partook in one other film adaptation of one of his novels, namely Operace mé dcery (My Daughter’s Surgery, 1986). But this psychological tale strays somewhat from the author’s usual subject matter of adolescent young girls. Instead it tells the story of a father whose relationship with his 16-year-old daughter is shaken by a major revelation. After his daughter Milena is involved in a car accident, engineer Dušan Roček learns that he cannot donate one of his kidneys to the injured youngster because he isn’t her biological father. As he investigates the cause behind his wife’s act of infidelity of many years ago, Dušan discovers that past mistakes cannot be rectified... In this last film from director Ivo Novák, Vlastimil Harapes and Jana Šulcová take the lead roles.

Synopsis

The fifteen-year old Milena Ročková - the only child of the computer programmer Magda and the construction engineer Dušan - is a courageous and able-bodied girl fond of sports. She tries flying with a parawing with her loving father, even though the mother is very afraid for both of them. Then the family has a car accident on their return from flying. The father suffers only some scratches but the mother and Milena are taken to hospital. An X-ray reveals that the girl was born with only one kidney, but doubled, and moreover it is now heavily damaged. She will thus need a transplant from a suitable donor otherwise she will be on dialysis for the rest of her life. Doctor Krajíček tells the facts to the father who immediately offers his own kidney. Magda wants to donate, too, but she herself would not be strong enough even after her recovery. Dušan Roček undergoes the blood tests and then accidentally overhears a conversation between two nurses: it is totally impossible that he could be the biological father, and he thus does not represent an appropriate donor. Magda recalls her first meeting with Dušan. She was working as a clerk in a savings bank then and they married after a brief acquaintance. The shocked Dušan traces back what happened years ago. He was imprisoned for a year and a half because he was responsible for a crane crash at work and the subsequent death of a worker. Magda's sister Eliška disclaims to Dušan that his wife has ever had a lover. She, however, recalls that eighteen thousand Crowns disappeared from Magda's cashbox at her work shortly before his return from prison. At that time, she was helped by the deputy director, Burian. He uncovered the thief who had used Magda's moment of distraction, and forced him to return the money. Magda spent a night with Burian then, out of pure joy and gratitude. Burian learns only now from Dušan about her subsequent pregnancy and the child. He, nevertheless, refuses to donate one of his kidneys to his injured biological daughter. Magda attempts to commit suicide in the hope that her daughter would thus receive her kidneys. But she is saved and Krajíček tells the news to Dušan on the phone. Doctor Bureš fortunately finds the required body organ through an international network. Although Dušan "does not care about a girl who is not his own", he rushes to the hospital, arriving just in time to encourage Milena on her way to the operating theatre. The girl, drifting off, replies: "Don't worry, dad!"

Film online

Cast

Klára Pollertová

studentka Milena Ročková

Jana Šulcová

Magda, Milenina matka

Vlastimil Harapes

ing. Dušan Roček, Milenin otec

Jan Kačer

primář docent Krajíček

Oldřich Vízner

MUDr. Bureš

Jiří Kodet

MUDr. Rudolf Cholenský

Zora Ulla Keslerová

MUDr. Stejskalová

Svatopluk Beneš

ředitel spořitelny František Bahen

Květa Fialová

manželka Bahenského

Vladimír Kudla

MUDr. Fric

Jana Dítětová

vrátná v nemocnici

Jan Přeučil

náměstek Vladimír Burian

Dagmar Čárová

pacientka Jarunka

Stanislava Bartošová

Eliška, sestra Magdy

Adolf Kohuth

František, Eliščin manžel

Hana Packertová

zdravotní sestra Tichá

Hana Čížková

zdravotní sestra

Valentina Thielová

zdravotní sestra

Libuše Geprtová

ředitelka školy

Daniel Šedivák

instruktor Béďa

Krystyna Wanatowiczová

Kristina, dcera Elišky

Marcela Martínková

vrchní sestra

Blanka Lormanová

zdravotní sestra

Milan Pěkný

lékař

Igor Smržík

lékař

Zuzana Skalická

zdravotní sestra

Bibiana Šimonová

zdravotní sestra

Petr Skarke

barman

Běla Jurdová

zdravotnice

Václav Kotva

podvodník z Liberce

Pavel Nový

Burianův kamarád

Michal Pavlata

novopečený otec/nadporučík VB

Věra Bublíková

laborantka

Pavel Myslík

řidič Jenda

Jana Altmannová

sekretářka na stavbě

Vladimír Pospíšil

stavbyvedoucí

Petr Šimák

spolužák

Filip Menzel

spolužák

Vladko Ctibor

rogalista

Jaromil Fráňa

rogalista

Ivana Holková

rogalistka

Jindřich Hloušek

rogalista

Alena Kubíčková

rogalistka

Leo Sekanina

rogalista

Josef Straka

rogalista

Hana Forejtová

dubl za Pollertovou

Hana Ludvíková

kaskadérka

Dubbing

František Němec

hlas ing. Ročka

Jorga Kotrbová

hlas MUDr. Stejskalové

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Novák

Second Unit Director

Věra Ticháčková

Assistant Director

Milan Špinka, Lenka Rambousková

Based on

Stanislav Rudolf (Operace mé dcery – novela)

Shooting Script

Ivo Novák

Script Editor

Jaroslav Kubát

Second Unit Photography

Jan Hanzal

Camera Operator

Michal Vlček

Production Designer

Jaromír Švarc

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Miloš Sršeň, Milan Šebo, Milan Šefrna

Costume Designer

Olga Jedličková

Production Manager

Petr Čapek

Unit Production Manager

Josef Štambach, Hana Jarošová

Unit Production Manager

Anna Tomoszová

Consultant

MUDr. Petr Pavel

Cooperation

Yvona Limberská, Květa Švábová, Alena Kravková, Olga Rosenfelderová, Jitka Bylinská

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Mít svůj kout

Songwriter

Ladislav Štaidl (Mít svůj kout)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Rytíř (Mít svůj kout)

Singer

Jitka Zelenková (Mít svůj kout)

Production info

Original Title

Operace mé dcery

English Title

My Daughter’s Surgery

Copyright

1986

Production Year

1986

Premiere

01.02.1987

Creative Group

Miloslav Vydra

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 17. ročník čtenářské ankety týdeníku Květy ve spolupráci s Československou televizí a Ústřední půjčovnou filmů

1988
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Vlastimil Harapes

Vítěz

Festival: 14. festival zdravotnických filmů Podbořany

1987
Podobřany / Czechoslovakia