When It Rained in Paradise

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1986—1987

Premiere

1 May 1988

Runtime

82 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Když v ráji pršelo

Czech title

Když v ráji pršelo

English title

When It Rained in Paradise

Summary

Inspired by a popular 1972 novel of the same name by author Jan Otčenášek, this 1987 romantic comedy is the sole directorial effort of Magdalena Pivoňková. The protagonists of the story are young Prague couple Petr and Ludmila. They decide to leave the metropolis to live in the remote Šumava region. But their decision to endeavour to build a home-based pub runs into several obstacles. Thankfully, over the space of a year, the couple manages to overcome the odds given considerable determination, love, and assistance provided by locals. While the film’s humour is regarded as being hit and miss, and the story is seen as being a little difficult to fathom, the first-time director’s unfairly largely forgotten film nonetheless offers viewers catchy music courtesy of Petr Skoumal, poetic cinematography from Emil Sirotek, great costume design from Ester Krumbachová, and sympathetic performances from the lesser-known Ivana Vavrová and Zdeňek Podhůrský.

Synopsis

A young married couple, Lída and Petr Kadlecs, decided to leave Prague and settle in the Bohemian Forest. They picked out, in the Jelení village, a dilapidated millhouse, which they want to repair and open a restaurant there. It is a beautiful autumn, which changes though into rainy and joyless days. Petr finds a job in the sawmill, Lída stays at home alone and she is afraid, especially when the half-witted Sepp is walking around. The spouses gradually adapt the interiors so that they can at least live decently. Nice moments are interlaced with desperation which culminates with Lída, when she has to help Petr with a car sunken in mud. The next day Petr leaves the house. But when he is approaching Prague and sees the wall of prefabs on the horizon, he comes back. Gradually, Lída gets to know the citizens in the village. There is among them a racy old woman, Dočkajka, who takes care of four old people. One of them, Mr. Tautze is building, together with Petr, a tile stove in the mill. Lída is expecting a baby and both young people are happy. There is first snow and the repaired house is waiting for the final inspection. But the committee does not approve an opening of a restaurant in the mill. Moreover, the Jednota commercial chain does not have more money. The Kadlecs spend their first Christmas in the mill. Petr leaves for shopping and the tired Lída falls asleep. She wakes up, when the bathroom is on fire. Sepp rescues her, but she miscarries. The mayor of the village and others help them repair the house again. Even the approval procedure succeeds. Both are prepared with pleasure to open the restaurant, but nobody comes. First at night, tired young tourists appear – Květa and David. They are the very first guests, so they all have a wild party. In the morning, the guests leave through the fresh snow. Petr and Lída watch them leave from the door yard of their home.

Cast

Ivana Vavrová

Lída Kadlecová

Jiřina Jirásková

babka Dočkajka

Pavel Nový

hajný ing. Saska

Jan Hraběta

bláznivý Sepp

Bedřich Fojtášek

Dubbing Ferdinand Krůta
stařík Václav Tautze

Stanislav Zindulka

předseda MNV Panocha

Miloslav Štibich

předseda Jednoty Randejsek

Václav Burkert

hromotluk

Jiřina Jelenská

kosmetička Lákalová

Jan Řičař

řezník

Eva Řepíková

starší žena

Jan Šuster

zájemce o mlýn

Božena Kudrnová

babka Kudrnová

Roman Fišer

David

Ivana Ptáčková

Květa

Pavel Myslík

řidič Volhy

B. Hošek

děda

A. Schut

děda

J. Šimánek

děda

Petr Klempera

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Ostrý

Assistant Director

Petr Hartl, Alice Strnadová

Screenstory

Jan Otčenášek

Based on

Jan Otčenášek (Když v ráji pršelo – román)

Screenplay

Pavel Hajný

Shooting Script

Magdalena Pivoňková

Director of Photography

Emil Sirotek

Second Unit Photography

F. A. Brabec

Camera Operator

Jan Carda

Production Designer

Jiří Matolín

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš, Bedřich Čermák, Jaroslav Lehman

Costume Designer

Ivana Šislerová

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Martina Krýslová, Jan Peterka

Unit Production Manager

Emil Sirotek ml., Zdena Junková

Cooperation

Michaela Kopřivová, Eva Horázná, Věra Flaková, Jindřich Kočí, Zdeněk Valenta, I. Buldra, Alena Červená, T. Vrzal

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Skoumal

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens), skupina Petra Skoumala

Songs

Olda je přítel můj

Songwriter Michal Pavlíček
Writer of Lyrics František Ringo Čech
Singer Pražský výběr

Nezacházej, slunce

Songwriter Pavel Žalman Lohonka /úprava/
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Ivana Vavrová

Veselé vánoční hody

Singer Ivana Vavrová

Production info

Original Title

Když v ráji pršelo

Czech Title

Když v ráji pršelo

English Title

When It Rained in Paradise

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1986—1987

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 28 May 1986
start of filming 1 August 1986
technical Screenplay approved 26 August 1986
end of filming 16 June 1987
projection approval 2 July 1987

Premiere

premiere 1 May 1988

Creative Group

2. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupina, Josef Císař (vedoucí 2. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

82 min

Original length in metres

2 357 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech