A Great Summer

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Premiere

1 December 1988

Runtime

95 min

Director

Otakar Kosek

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Sedmé nebe

Czech title

Sedmé nebe

English title

A Great Summer

Summary

Real-life problems such as an unwanted pregnancy and an ensuing abortion were largely taboo for films made during the 1970s and 80s era of “normalisation”. But this 1987 film from director Otakar Kosek is a rare exception, albeit one told with a hint of detached humour. The film tells the story of teenage girl Slávka, whose abortion leads to a delay in her A-Level exams. The family covers up the procedure by outwardly pretending their daughter had to have her appendix removed. Meanwhile, Slávka’s friend Magda cannot decide between two lovers, and also ends up getting pregnant... This story of two school friends with very different personalities, who are both forced to grow up very fast, sees Barbora Srncová (Magda) and Zuzana Vačková (Slávka) in the leading roles. Pavel Nový offers a subtle performance as Slávka’s straight-shooting father, while Magda’s amoral mother presents a major acting opportunity for Evelyna Steimarová.

Synopsis

It is the day of A levels but the secondary school student Slávka leaves to go to a hospital instead of school to have an abortion. Her father finds the flat of the man who enchanted Slávka by his occupation as a poet but failed by his indecency, and squares with him manually. Slávka's friend Magda successfully passes her A levels in the meantime. No one knows anything because Slávka reportedly underwent appendix surgery. The family background of the two girls is different. The Čermáks, Slávka's parents, are decent and orderly farmers diligently saving for their daughter's dowry. The family of director Klouda is wealthy but both the mother and the father are in side relationships and are together only during their frequent social events. Slávka then successfully passes her A levels, too, at the next sitting. She resists the wooing of a butcher's apprentice Janek – a kind but somewhat peculiar young man. Both the girls want to continue studying. Čermák asks Klouda for help and some string-pulling for Slávka, but the man is already trying to arrange for Magda to study at a school of agriculture. The two girls need some training before the entrance exam. Magda cannot decide between two lovers. Slávka is sent to visit a children's home in order to gain a golden badge of the Brigade of Socialist Work for her colleagues. She comes to favour the little Roman and begins returning to the home. She can hardly bear it when the boy is adopted. She is admitted to study philosophy in Brno without her parents' awareness. The Kloudas divorce. Magda is pregnant and Slávka talks her out of having an abortion.

Cast

Zuzana Vačková

Slávka Čermáková

Barbora Srncová

Magda Kloudová

Pavel Nový

Bohuslav Čermák, otec Slávky

Emília Zimková

Olga Čermáková, matka Slávky

Ladislav Lakomý

ředitel Klouda, Magdin otec

Evelyna Steimarová

Kloudová, Magdina matka

Roland Samek

řeznický učeň Janek Horák

David Fejt

Roman

Marie Logojdová

vychovatelka

Martin Havelka

traktorista Radek

Luboš Ondráček

intalatér Josef Hrášek alias zpěvák Pepé

Oldřich Velen

muž na ubytovně

Eva Vidlařová

tlustá družstevnice

Zdeňka Sajfertová

květinářka

Miroslav Bezdíček

Rada

Jožka Černý

zpěvák na večírku

Marcela Peňázová

ošetřovatelka Bětka

Milada Kuncová

Pilátová

Vlastimil Zavřel

automechanik, milenec Kloudové

Milan Šulc

správce ubytovny

Crew and creators

Director

Otakar Kosek

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Urban

Assistant Director

Marcela Hynčicová, Marta Svobodová

Screenstory

Jan Kostrhun

Screenplay

Jan Kostrhun

Script Editor

Jaroslav Petřík

Director of Photography

Juraj Fándli

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Kolář

Camera Operator

Dalibor Michalčík

Production Designer

Zdeněk Rozkopal

Assistent Production Designer

Jana Puškáčová

Art Director

Zdeněk Novotný (3)

Set Designer

Vladislav Adam, Petr Dostál

Costume Designer

Šárka Váchová

Assistant Film Editor

Vlasta Malotová, Marie Vrlová

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Jaromír Úlehla

Unit Production Manager

Alena Pekařová, Eva Cvrčková

Unit Production Manager

Dalimil Zedníček

Cooperation

J. Veselý, Ladislav Podmela, Veronika Niklová, Zdeněk Skaunic

Music

Music Composed by

Vadim Petrov

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens)

Choreographer

Jiří Sekanina

Songs

Decibely lásky

Songwriter Michal David
Writer of Lyrics Richard Bergman
Singer Michal David

Když jsem šel z Hradišťa

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Jožka Černý

Padá, padá rosenka

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Jožka Černýsbor

Na tej Novej dědině

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Jožka ČernýPavel NovýLuboš Ondráček

Production info

Original Title

Sedmé nebe

Czech Title

Sedmé nebe

English Title

A Great Summer

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Premiere

premiere 1 December 1988

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

95 min

Original length in metres

2 728 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