Waiting for Patrick

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

1 January 1990

Runtime

82 min

Director

Petr Tuček

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Čekání na Patrika

Czech title

Čekání na Patrika

English title

Waiting for Patrick

Summary

The storytelling model pioneered by Miloš Forman's Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde, 1965) takes on a slightly new twist for the 1980s via director Petr Tuček. The director’s last film (it was released in 1988, Tuček died in 1990 aged 51) features the dormitory escapades of textile school students trying with great difficulty to encounter the “right kind” of people. Helena is the exception. She is in a serious relationship with attractive pilot Patrik. Only Zuzka is brought in on the secret that, in fact, Patrik does not really exist. Rather, Helena invented him in order to fend off the taunts from her friends that she is unattached. Included in the cast of largely overlooked faces are Jiří Pomeje and David Matásek. The contemporary soundtrack includes songs from such alternative 1980s groups as Laura a její tygři (Laura and Her Tigers), Panika (Panic) and Pražský výběr (Prague Selection).

Synopsis

Girls studying at the High Industrial School of Textile stay in the factory boarding house. They are full of life; they love to going disco and the cinema. The spirit of various undertakings is determined by the temperamental Zuzka, who is wooed by the slightly foolish Honza. Zuzka's best friend is Helenka, who is in a serious relationship with a pilot, Patrick Knobloch. She always describes him as an ideal man and all the girls envy her. Only the bothersome Sylva, who blatantly flirts with every single boy, laughs at Helenka. But she, too, is mesmerized by Patrick and often tries to seize the postcards, which he sends Helenka from exotic lands. But the truth is completely different: Helenka made up her boyfriend and the postcards are in fact sent by her uncle Pavel, who really is a pilot. The enterprising Sylva wants to meet Patrick and looks for him at his fabricated address. Helenka, fearing the disclosure, confesses the truth to her uncle and he helps her. He should take Helenka to a party organized by Sylva at the home of one of her numerous wooers, a taxi driver. The uncle calls to the villa pretending to be Patrick. He apologizes for his absence and sends his friend Pepa instead. Pepa is attracted to Helenka and she also likes the shy boy. The party is disrupted by the taxi driver's wife. Helenka reveals to Zuzka that Patrick actually does not exist. The girls are already cured of their romantic ideas. Helenka begins to date Pepa and Zuzka marries Honza. Only Sylva waits at the airport for the "free" Patrick.

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Cast

Miroslava Pleštilová

Zuzka Řeháčková, studentka textilní školy

Šárka Marková

Helenka, studentka textilní školy

Monika Kvasničková

Sylva, studentka textilní školy

Jiří Pomeje

Honza, Zuzanin přítel

Magda Kutková

Majka

Hana Czivišová

Hana

Adriena Jakubovičová

Adriena

Irena Hrubá

Irena

Eva Šípková

Eva

Žaneta Bujuluová

Žaneta

Karel Roden

taxikář Mirek

David Matásek

Pepa Zajíček

Sabina Hánová

vychovatelka Cápková

Gabriela Vránová

Eliška, Helenčina matka

Miriam Hynková

Pepova matka

Simona Včalová

manželka taxikáře Mirka

Alois Švehlík

kapitán Pavel Pacák, Helenin strýc

Karel Augusta

Šamánek, ctitel Heleniny matky

Bronislav Poloczek

letecký dispečer Slezinka

Václav Čížkovský

desátník Mirek

Stanislav Hájek

děda v Mánesově ulici

Karel Hovorka

topič z internátu

Jiří Hromada

mladší příslušník VB

Tomáš Valík

plavčík Mirek

Danuše Ondráčková

teta Klára Pacáková

Isabela Siegelová

nevěsta Božena, sestra Zuzky

Ivan Klečka

ženich

Jiří Sedláček

údržbář Slezáček

Pavel Hejlík

údržbář Heftlík

Michal Bumbálek

údržbář Papálek

Tereza Jirásková

Markéta

Zdeněk Blažek

strážmistr VB

Hana Placandová

Lucinka

M. Ženíšek

barman

Jan Zika

Tomáš

Zdeněk Barták

požárník

Ivan Franěk

vekslák

Crew and creators

Director

Petr Tuček

Second Unit Director

František Nejedlý

Assistant Director

Jitka Lendrová, Jiří Purchart, J. Drejnar

Continuity

Irena Klausová

Screenstory

Petr Tuček

Screenplay

Petr Tuček

Director of Photography

Martin Benoni

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Ivan Jiránek

Production Designer

František Vokřál

Assistent Production Designer

Borek Strádal

Assistant Film Editor

Růžena Hejsková

Sound Designer

Karel Jaroš

Production Manager

Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Ivo Pitrák, Olga Zelenská

Unit Production Manager

Karel Vávra

Cooperation

Lenka Křivánková (klapka), Jitka Bylinská (fotografka), T. Koulová

Songs

Zase dál

Songwriter Citron
Writer of Lyrics Citron
Singer Citron

Tatrman

Songwriter Michael Kocáb
Writer of Lyrics Michael Kocáb
Singer Pražský výběr

Mechanické piano

Songwriter Karel Šůcha
Writer of Lyrics Karel Šůcha
Singer hudební skupina Laura a její tygři

Turecký Švéd

Songwriter Roman Štefl
Writer of Lyrics Daniel Bartek
Singer skupina Ratataplán

Strahováček

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer Jiří SedláčekMichal BumbálekPavel Hejlík

Rádio

Songwriter Karel Šůcha
Writer of Lyrics Milan Marek
Singer hudební skupina Laura a její tygři

Hod dog

Songwriter Roman Štefl
Writer of Lyrics Daniel Bartek
Singer skupina Ratataplán

Hledání

Songwriter Roman Štefl
Writer of Lyrics Daniel Bartek
Singer skupina Ratataplán

Bezcenná slova

Songwriter Karel Šůcha
Writer of Lyrics Karel Šůcha
Singer hudební skupina Laura a její tygři

Pomoc přátel

Songwriter Richard KibicLadislav Vostárek
Writer of Lyrics Richard KibicLadislav Vostárek
Singer skupina Turbo

Lásko, bože, lásko

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Monika KvasničkováŠárka BrázdováMiroslava Pleštilová

Víc než nic

Songwriter Jaromír Boháč
Writer of Lyrics Antonín Matějka
Singer Pavel Vítek

Andělů se nesmíš dotýkat

Songwriter Richard KibicLadislav Vostárek
Writer of Lyrics Richard KibicLadislav Vostárek
Singer skupina Turbo

Svůj mezi své

Songwriter Miroslav Imrich
Writer of Lyrics Vladimír Mertlík
Singer skupina Imrich

Ještě víc

Songwriter Roman Štefl
Writer of Lyrics Daniel Bartek
Singer skupina Ratataplán

Production info

Original Title

Čekání na Patrika

Czech Title

Čekání na Patrika

English Title

Waiting for Patrick

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Production specifications

start of filming 4 July 1988
end of filming 3 September 1988
the first film copy approved 3 September 1988
projection approval 6 May 1989

Premiere

premiere 1 January 1990 /unsuitable for youths/

Creative Group

5. tvůrčí skupina, Miloslav Vydra (vedoucí 5. tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

82 min

Original length in metres

2 334 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 4. filmový festival mladých Velké Poříčí u Hronova

1990
Velké Poříčí u Hronova / Czechoslovakia