Rules of the Circle

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pravidla kruhu

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Premiere

01.08.1988

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Balajka

Screenplay

Dušan Kukal, Miroslav Balajka

Screenstory

Dušan Kukal

Summary

Miroslav Balajka was chiefly devoted to television work, but in 1987 he took the director's chair for his feature-film debut Pravidla kruhu (Rules of the Circle). It is one of several motion pictures that dared to criticise the social realities of Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s. Demobbed conscript Petr serves as the film's lead character, as he seeks an identity back on civvy street. Balajka and co-screenwriter Dušan Kukal present a prototypical man who is striving to anchor himself in a reality that keeps slipping from his hands. Petr returns to his previous job at a bakery and also perseveres with his sports career in a wrestling team. As a wrestler, he finds success, even on the international stage. However, the demands of simultaneously attending to his relationship with girlfriend Jitka and pursuing his sport appear to be more than Petr can handle. In order to rediscover security in life, he must return to the beginning… Balajka cast two Slovak actors in the two main roles: Igor Krempaský as Petr and Roman Luknár as his adversary Vašek.

Synopsis

Petr returns from his military service to civilian life , looking forward to seeing his girlfriend Blanka. He is totally broke and thus turns to his acquaintance, Vašek Hadraba, who works as a waiter in the local hotel. Vašek disdainfully loans him one hundred crowns and Blanka does not even invite him in. Petr goes back to his wrestling team and provisionally spends a night in its gymnasium. Outside in the morning, he stands up for a girl who is annoyed by a rude truck driver. The girl is a receptionist called Jitka who Petr spotted in the hotel. The waiter Vašek is also a member of the wrestling team and he, too, strives for Jitka's favour. Petr gets a job in a bakery where he had worked before his military service, but the foreman Kaška first assigns him an inferior job. The old baker Polda offers to let Petr stay in his small chalet by the river. Petr and Vašek - while the latter raises his pay by very odd gigs - become rivals both in the team and in their interest in Jitka. At the republic championship, Petr advances to his great surprise and finally even wins in the final. The front-runner Hadraba, on the contrary, drops out. Jitka prepares some refreshment in the chalet to celebrate Petr's victory. Petr's coach finds the young man a flatlet and a job in another factory. Petr accepts, but only with some hesitation which disappoints the coach Kaška. The new job, however, is just a pretext to give Petr more time to train. After winning a competition in East Germany, Petr misses his train and the waiting Jitka sadly leaves the railway station. Petr finds her in the hotel at a disco, accompanied by a dubious group of people. The couple reconcile but they are found by Katka's father, the foreman Kaška, in her flat and Kaška throws Petr out. The young man begins to work hard; he even loads boxes on trains at a railway station at nights, planning his future with the girl. But the tiredness affects his sport performance. Jitka moves away from him after a quarrel. A fight with Vašek in the hotel ends up at the police station. Petr is punished - he is eliminated from representing his country and also loses his flat, while Vašek's situation is ironed out by his influential father. Petr finds Polda's chalet burnt down with its owner, who died in the fire, inside. He returns to the bakery. He earns trust only when he begins selflessly working on the repair of a furnace threatened by breakdown. Vašek is eventually arrested for his suspicious trafficking.

Cast

Igor Krempaský

pekař Petr Fink

Magda Hamoová

recepční Jitka

Roman Luknár

číšník Vašek Hadraba

Stanislav Zindulka

mistr Kaška, Jitčin otec

Viktor Nejedlý

děda Polda

Zdeněk Dušek

pekař Karásek

Vítězslav Jandák

trenér Honza

René Breila

číšník Pája

Zdeněk Faměra

Burák

Ditta Strouhalová

Kukadlo

Milena Šajdková

pekařka Lehovcová

Jiří Pomeje

kluk z party

Zdeněk Suchý

kluk z party

Nela Boudová

holka z party

Ivana Susová

holka z party

Hana Čížková (2)

Jiřinka, holka z party

Zdeněk Buchvaldek

Vaškův otec

Mirko Musil

dělník v Glaxu

Miroslav Kořínek

dělník z bednárny

Jiří Růžička

správce tělocvičny Tony

Roman Skamene

praporčík VB

Oldřich Velen

funkcionář Glaxu

Igor Smržík

náměstek Glaxu

Karel Hábl

recepční v Esplanadu

Radka Fidlerová

hospodská Darina

Vladimír Pospíšil

příslušník VB v lomu

Věra Koktová

žena z bednárny

Bohumila Dolejšová

Petrova matka

Jiří Samek

Petrův otec

Radim Vašinka

brigádník

Jiří Krytinář

trpaslík v baru

Jiří Kraus

řidič kamionu

Jiří Cimický

číšník z diskobaru

Pavel Demeter

Dezider

I. Grundza

otec Dezider

Jaroslav Heyduk

nádražní zřízenec

Jiří Sova

Bizon z bednárny

Jakub Wehrenberg

Petr jako desetiletý

Josef Vrána

příslušník VB

Le Van Chin

Vietnamec

Nguyen Minh Hai

Vietnamka

Viktorie Knotková

uklízečka v bufetu

Martin Vysušil

muž v bufetu

Stanislav Němec

muž v bufetu

Stanislav Moša

muž v bufetu

Marie Tomsová

žena z elegantní vily

Milan Pěkný

manžel z vily

V. Kohoutová

dítě z vily

B. Kohoutová

dítě z vily

Václav Burkert

gangster

Karel Augusta ml.

zápasník

Petr Drozda

zápasník

Jiří Kalenský

zápasník

Petr Komínek

zápasník

Jiří Kuba

zápasník

Ladislav Lahoda

zápasník

Dimo Lipitkovský

zápasník

Zdeněk Matěcha

zápasník

Oldřich Semerák

zápasník

František Stupka

zápasník

Květoslav Štora

zápasník

Jaroslav Tomsa

zápasník

Stanislav Tůma

zápasník

Karel Vávrovec

zápasník

Michal Vejsada

zápasník

Pavel Vokoun

zápasník

Radana Bébarová

tanečnice

Michal Caban

tanečník

Dana Dostálová

tanečnice

Iveta Jadrníčková

tanečnice

Jana Krňanská

tanečnice

Tereza Kučerová

tanečnice

Vít Máslo

tanečník

Lada Odstrčilová

tanečnice

M. Procházka

tanečník

Antonín Hausknecht

dubl za Romana Luknára

Václav Syřiště

dubl za René Breilu

A. Koudelka

výčepní v bufetu

Martina Riedelbauchová

tanečnice

Simona Rybáková

tanečnice

Petra Zelenková

tanečnice

T. Suchá

holčička Karkulka

Vladimír Lalák

rozhodčí

František Vejsada

rozhodčí

M. Pudil

rozhodčí

E. Krbaťa

rozhodčí

Dubbing

Vlastimil Bedrna

hlas dědy Poldy

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jan Dolejš

Assistant Director

Irena Krestová

Screenstory

Dušan Kukal

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Pechar

Camera Operator

Milan Lekič

Production Designer

Boris Halmi

Set Designer

Bohumil Kadlec, Jan Klíma, Karel Karas

Costume Designer

Dana Hávová

Film Editor

Jan Svoboda

Sound Designer

Jiří Kříž

Production Manager

Přemysl Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Adriena Jirková, Daniela Jenčíková

Unit Production Manager

Jana Příkaská

Consultant

Ladislav Lahoda

Cooperation

Západočeské pekárny a cukrárny, Miloš Matula, Západočeské pekárny a cukárny závod 03 Karlovy Vary, Anna Mejtská, TJ Rudá hvězda Praha, Ivan Balurov, Josef Řezáč

Music

Music Composed by

Ondřej Soukup

Songs

Já, my, všichni extratřídy, Kupředu, zpátky ni krok

Songwriter

Ondřej Soukup (Já, my, všichni extratřídy), Jan Seidel (Kupředu, zpátky ni krok)

Writer of Lyrics

Václav Křístek (Já, my, všichni extratřídy), Bedřich Bobek (Kupředu, zpátky ni krok)

Singer

sbor (Já, my, všichni extratřídy), sbor (Kupředu, zpátky ni krok)

Choreographer

Michal Caban

Danced by

Baletní jednotka Křeč

Production info

Original Title

Pravidla kruhu

English Title

Rules of the Circle

Working Title

Být vyřazen ze hry

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Premiere

01.08.1988

Creative Group

Jan Vild

Technical info

Versions

Czech