Returns

short-story, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Návraty

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Radovan Urban

Screenplay

Radovan Urban, Milan Ležák

Synopsis

The chief engineer Tomanec is a respected professional but also a bachelor and a big killjoy. He conceals his intimate relationship with the hygienist Kateřina. She is, however, the first to congratulate him on his fiftieth birthday. Tomanec recalls his childhood. He was an abandoned illegitimate child and was brought up by the coarse farmer Kuneš who beat him constantly. Hope dawns upon the boy when he is the only one to accept the offer of the recruiter Brabec to work in the mines. Brabec substitutes for his family and Tomanec visits him, now unfortunately dying, in hospital. Then he refuses the birthday party which his colleagues want to throw for him. Finding out that Kateřina is somewhere down in the mine where she went to do an inspection and which is on fire, he joins the lifesavers. The rescue ends well but the following car ride with Kateřina results in an argument. The woman is not satisfied with their relationship; she wants to get married and have children. But Tomanec is too satisfied with his bachelor's life. The offended Kateřina gets out of the car. The congratulators visit the engineer at his place in the evening. And Kateřina is among them.

Cast

Eduard Cupák

hlavní inženýr Václav Tomanec

Dana Homolová

hygienička Kateřina, Tomancova milenka

Oldřich Velen

sedlák Kuneš

Lubomír Kostelka

hornický náborář Brabec

Jiří Wohanka

štajgr Škubal

Jiří Šandera

Tomanec jako mladík

Karel Effa

číšník Liborek

Jan Pohan

ředitel

Dana Horčicová

sekretářka Anička

Martin Hron

signalista Wimr

Miloš Vávra

horník Lojza Šváb

Ferdinand Krůta

starý horník

Gustav Bubník

horník-spojař Veselý

Vlastimil Čaněk

gratulující tajemník

Milena Kleinerová

zdravotní sestra

Eva Řepíková

zdravotní sestra

Michaela Klocová

Škubalova žena

Bohuslav Ličman

vrátný v dole

Otakar Brousek ml.

velitel OBZS

Zuzana Čvančarová

sekretářka ředitele

Jan Cmíral

muž v obleku

Miroslav Dubský

signalista

Karel Engel

signalista

Oskar Hák

instalatér

Josef Pechanec

záchranář

Jan Filaus

saxofonista

L. Horák

basový kytarista

E. Hornof

hráč na akordeon

V. Janouš

altsaxofonista

F. Králíček

trumpetista

K. Lukáš

harmonikář

J. Macík

trombonista

Z. Šlauf

hráč na varhany

M. Šmíd

trumpetista

J. Šmíd

bubeník

Z. Zajíček

hráč na bicí

Věra Laňková

pokladní

Antonín Molčík

bezpečák

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Robert Vacík, Pavel Dvorský

Assistant Director

Jarmila Kovtanová, Renata Čihulková

Based on

František Stavinoha (Figurky ze šmantů – kniha povídek)

Shooting Script

Radovan Urban

Second Unit Photography

Roman Pavlíček

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Adam Kajzar

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Helcl, Jana Koubová, Antonín Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Luboš Čížek, Gabriela Kerekešová

Consultant

František Bártík, Boris Purkyt

Cooperation

Olga Rosenfelderová, Alena Kravková, Václav Litoš, Zuzana Čvančarová, František Vláčil ml., Irena Strachová

Music

Music Composed by

Martin Kratochvíl

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Návraty

English Title

Returns

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Technical info

Versions

Czech