My Sinful Husband

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Můj hříšný muž

Runtime

98

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1986

Production year

1986

Premiere

01.07.1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Matějka

Screenplay

Halina Pawlowská, Václav Matějka, Drahoslav Makovička

Screenstory

Halina Pawlowská, Milan Šteindler

Summary

Screenwriter Halina Pawlowská and director Milan Šteindler teamed-up on two successful movies – Vrať se do hrobu (Go Back to Your Grave!, 1989) and Díky za každé nové ráno (I Thank You for Each New Morning, 1994). But their first collaboration was a joint screenwriting assignment on the relationship comedy Můj hříšný muž (My Sinful Husband, 1986). Director Václav Matějka also had a hand in the script. It was his influence that led to a film which only examines the problem of balancing maternal and work-related duties on a more superficial level. The heroine of the story is Marta, portrayed by Dagmar Veškrnová. As an ambitious budding geneticist, Marta must balance work and family life. Husband Zdeněk (Oldřich Kaiser) deals with the growing tensions by finding a mistress. Shattered Marta finds understanding for her plight, and shelter for her young daughter, with a colleague (Jan Hartl) – but she has no idea how this decent man can help her to resolve her complicated situation.

Synopsis

The student Marta Hančová wants to work in the laboratory of growth factors in the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics after her graduation. She successfully passes the demanding final exams and indeed gets the desired job. But she becomes pregnant by her colleague Zdeněk Hradecký even before her degree ceremony. Freshly married, she selflessly works on a research assignment with Vašek Hořák who loves her platonically. Her husband Zdeněk, too, begins at the institute. He is much less competent than his wife but, instead, much more ambitious. His snobbish mother blames Marta for her insufficient care for the household. She does not let the young couple live in her villa but keeps inviting her son over. The birth of daughter Anička interrupts Marta's promising career for a while. Her friend Irena has not finished her studies and decides to never have children due to her career as a singer. When there is the danger that the institute will employ someone else instead of Marta after a year and a half, Marta hands the daughter to the care of her mother-in-law and returns to work. Zdeněk wants to get the position of head of the cellular physiology department after a colleague retires and is ready to do anything to get it. Marta is tired; she even falls asleep on her way back from work on the subway and only wakes up in the depot. Grandmother Hradecká refuses to take care of her granddaughter any longer and the young parents must find a babysitter even though it is very expensive. Quarrels pile up between the husband and wife. Zdeněk reproaches Marta for neglecting their daughter and supporting Hořánek who is the second candidate for the leading position. The mother-in-law wants Marta to sacrifice her career to her husband's. The nanny falls asleep while babysitting Anička. Marta looks for Zdeněk at work and at his parent's home, but in vain because her husband is dating a lover, the director's wife. Zdeněk offers to the director that he will entertain visitors from abroad in his home. He automatically expects Marta to attend to them, and she thus introduces herself to the guests as a hired auxiliary. When the director behaves too intimately towards her, she slaps him across his face, lands Zdeněk another one and leaves the flat. Irena, however, cannot let her stay at her place; her professional career has finally commenced. The selfless colleague Vašek takes Marta and Anička in and offers to let them share his flatlet. Marta likes him but is unable to return his love. She decides to give up research and start teaching. The psychologist at a marriage guidance bureau is unable to help the Hradecký couple who are at sixes and sevens all the time. The director offers Hořánek the position of department head. Vašek refuses – he surely wants to care for Marta. But the woman convinces him that such scruples are senseless. Zdeněk breaks up with his lover and sobers up from his excessive ambitions. He takes Marta back to their flat and wants to wait at his parents until his wife decides. But Marta herself does not know.

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Cast

Dagmar Veškrnová

bioložka Marta Hančová

Oldřich Kaiser

biolog Zdeněk Hradecký, Martin manžel

Jan Hartl

biolog Vašek Hořánek

Petra Janů

zpěvačka Irena Šebestová, Martina přítelkyně

Josef Somr

ředitel Ústavu molekulární biologie a genetiky dr. Vilém Bárta

Radovan Lukavský

docent Hradecký, Zdeňkův otec

Květa Fialová

Zdeňkova matka

Marie Rosůlková

babička Hradecká

Jana Švandová

Táňa, Bártova manželka

Jana Gýrová

Jaruška

Jiřina Jirásková

chůva Jeníková

Jiří Kodet

vědecký tajemník Kadlec

Július Satinský

tlumočník

Michal Nesvadba

asistent Petříček

Miloš Vávra

docent Miloš Pavlíček

Radúz Chmelík

vedoucí oddělení buněčné fyziologie František Vaníček

Svatopluk Matyáš

doktor Beňák

Jaroslav Radimecký

děkan Rabas

Zdena Hadrbolcová

Hančová, Martina matka

Bořík Procházka

Hanč, Martin otec

Karel Roden

Jéňa, Martin bratr

Bohuslav Drozd

maďarský obchodník Ferkesi

Ivana Chýlková

laborantka Dana

Zdeněk Martínek

profesor Stehlík

Jan Schmid

psycholog manželské poradny Dvořáček

Věra Vlčková

doktorka Kolská

Lenka Kubálková

Anička, dcera Marty a Zdeňka

Lenka Vlachová

Lucka

Radan Rusev

Karel Kučera

Eva Jeníčková

studentka Mačánková

Libor Hruška

Hadánek

Hana Brejchová

lékařka v poradně

Marta Richterová

zdravotní sestra v poradně

Radka Mayerová

Hlízalová

Jan Okrouhlík

Bobek

Jiří Havel

řidič metra

Miroslav Švejda

Rožánek

Petr Skarke

textař

Michal Zelenka

hudební režisér

Renata Mašková

maminka kluka Tomáše

Renáta Doleželová

maminka v poradně

Václav Kaňkovský

lesník Šebíček

Petr Pospíchal

taxikář

Pavel Nový

Honza Čeleda

René Gabzdyl

skladatel a pianista

Monika Bolardová

tanečnice

Michaela Štěpánková

tanečnice

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Josef Loučím

Assistant Director

Markéta Jiroušková, Ivana Malíková

Shooting Script

Václav Matějka

Script Editor

Jiří Blažek

Second Unit Photography

Jan Hanzal

Camera Operator

Michal Vlček

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Milan Bábik, Jiří Matějka, Eva Slívová, Milan Tahotný

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Josef Valušiak

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Jan Syrový

Unit Production Manager

Lev Veltrubský, Jana Hauserová, Helena Landovská

Consultant

doc. Jan Neuwirt

Cooperation

Ivana Vlčková, Jan Svoboda (střih), Jana Šimonová, Petr Pištěk, Zdeněk Dukát

Music

Music Composed by

Michael Kocáb

Selected Music

Georg Philipp Telemann (Suita F dur)

Music Performed by

skupina Golem, skupina Žentour, Studiová skupina Michaela Kocába

Music Conducted by

Michael Kocáb (Studiová skupina Michaela Kocába)

Songs

Co vybrat si mám, Gen, Drobek, Modrý pokoj, Letím

Songwriter

Michael Kocáb (Co vybrat si mám)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Vrba (Co vybrat si mám)

Singer

Petra Janů (Co vybrat si mám)

Choreographer

Jan Hartmann

Danced by

Monika Bolardová, Michaela Štěpánková

Production info

Original Title

Můj hříšný muž

English Title

My Sinful Husband

Working Title

Hroši nepláčou

Copyright

1986

Production Year

1986

Premiere

01.07.1987

Creative Group

Jiří Blažek

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 25. festival českých a slovenských filmů Bratislava

1987
Bratislava / Czechoslovakia
Michael Kocáb