The Hungry Seven

comedy, satire

Typology

feature

Czech title

Sedm hladových

Runtime

84

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

01.10.1988

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Smyczek

Screenplay

František Ringo Čech, Petr Novotný, Karel Smyczek

Screenstory

František Ringo Čech, Petr Novotný (2), Karel Smyczek

Summary

A group of overweight people try to shed the pounds under the supervision of dieticians at a medical centre in this tragicomedy from director Karlel Smyczek. The director, who made a number of critical and realistic movies during the 1970s and 80s, cast off this mould for this 1988 comedic romp, written with screenwriters František Ringo Čech and Petr Novotný. Sedm hladových (The Hungry Seven) is ultimately a metaphorical tale, presenting an interwoven comedic tapestry of a varied group of corpulent people. For example, opera singer Maruška disrupts proceedings with her endless singing, while rocker Čudla annoys everyone with his endless smoking. In all the patients, hunger brings forth aggression targeted at the management of the health centre, and specifically embodied by the skinny senior physician (František Husák). Gabriela Wilhelmová, Radim Vašinka and Jitka Smutná are among the acting talent portraying this colourful crop of patients.

Synopsis

The actors of the story are getting ready for their way to a slimming health spa sanatorium. The brewer Sládek drinks his last mug of beer, Růženka gives the last instructions to her family in front of their village cottage, the bachelor and insurance agent Jaroslav entrusts his canary to a neighbour, the opera singer Mrs Maruška sadly leaves the stage over to her younger colleague. The director Havránek passes the temporary management of an enterprise over to his deputy. The sound engineer Čudla says farewell to the members of a rock group. The girl Lucinka is accompanied by her boyfriend Lukᚠand her sister to the railway station. These seven corpulents, along with other fat people, arrive at a dilapidated château to get rid of their excessive weight. Also a new nurse, the slender Kristýnka, begins in the sanatorium. The noticeably thin senior consultant tries to implant discipline in his clients. They have a rigid schedule, very small portions of food, exactly determined places at the tables and regular exercise and jogging. They are not allowed to go outside the park wall where there is the restaurant Koliba. The senior consultant has no idea that the caretaker Ducháč secretly sells the patients food for exorbitant prices. The treatment participants have only their weight problem in common, but they are otherwise totally different, which produces disagreements. Havránek tries to manage the enterprise from a distance by phone and he doesn´t like Čudla smoking. Maruška disturbs Růženka with her constant singing, Jaroslav keeps waking up Sládek by his loud snoring. The shy Jaroslav woos Růženka. Although the patient's portions of food are infinitesimal, they are not getting slimmer. Sládek takes advantage of Ducháč's absence and eats up all the food in his storeroom. The constant hunger elicits aggression in the women during their exercising in the park and it is Kristýnka who gets the worst of it - she is chased into the pond. The functionary responsible for cultural programs talks several people into performing at a party. Maruška sings and Růženka is meanwhile visited by Jaroslav in her room. But before they can get closer, Maruška's voice fails and she runs back to their room. Jaroslav quickly hides. The devastated Maruška, who sensed that losing weight will not do any good to her voice, leaves the sanatorium. Jaroslav falls asleep amidst the amorous playing. The participants of the party bang on the door, looking for the singer. Růženka refuses to open the door and Jaroslav destroys an outside plaster vase when escaping through the window. During the investigation, Čudla takes the blame himself. The ministry of health decides that an institution for malnourished children will be established in the château instead of the slimming sanatorium. The nurse pinches Lukᚠfrom Lucinka, who was the only one to honestly stick to the treatment. The lovelorn girl runs away to Koliba and stuffs herself in an unbridled manner. Havránek learns that the deputy has removed him from his position. On the "reducing" day, the patients get only hot peppers to eat and they run away to Koliba en masse. Overfed and overdrunk, they demolish the gymnasium after their return and they also want to tell something to the senior consultant . But they all except Čudla lose courage in front of the door. The senior consultant expels Čudla the next day. No one knows that a monstrously obese mother is secretly staying with their "tormenter". Čudla, leaving, is accompanied by Kristýnka who has resigned in the meantime. And finally, they are followed by the rest of the patients on their way to freedom.

Note

The text of Terinka´s aria was finished by F. L. Rieger after the death of The Jacobin opera librettist, his daughter Marie Červinková-Riegrová (1854–1895).

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Cast

Antonín Bubeník

pojišťovací agent Jaroslav

Jitka Smutná

pacientka Růženka

Gabriela Wilhelmová

operní pěvkyně Maruška

Lucie Schneiderová

pacientka Lucinka

Emil Kosír

ředitel Havránek

Tomáš Josífko

Čudla, zvukař rockové kapely

František Husák

primář léčebny pro otylé

Miloslav Štibich

správce Ducháč zvaný Ducháček

Petronela Vančíková

zdravotní sestra Kristýnka

Marie Durnová

kulturní referentka v léčebně

Jiřina Jelenská

pacientka Fanča

Radim Vašinka

vousatý pacient Hanousek

Blanka Lormanová

pacientka Baculka

Pavel Havránek

pacient Tenisák

Pavel Brümer

pacient pivovarník Sládek

Dáša Neblechová

pacientka Anča

Jan Hraběta

pacient Moravák

Bohumil Vávra

Liborek, přítel Marušky

Martin Faltýn

Nesvadba, zástupce ředitele Havránka

Michal Suchánek

Lukáš, přítel Lucinky

L. Macháčková

sestra Lucinky

Valentina Thielová

hluchoněmá masérka Dana

Růžena Rudnická

zdravotní sestra Hana

Eva Lecchiová

vrchní sestra

Marcela Martínková

matka Kristýnky/kuchařka

Eugen Jegorov

úředník z ministerstva

Martina Menšíková

operní pěvkyně

Karel Hoffmann

pacient Bačkora

František Švihlík

korepetitor Jiří

Věra Kalendová

sousedka Pimpárová

Petr Novotný

vrchní v kolibě

J. Němcová

pacientka Kucka

S. Sýkorová

pacientka Pucka

Boris Halmi

pivař

J. Cihlář

pacient

A. Klímová

pacientka

Štefan Kršňák

pacient

J. Kudláček

pacient

V. Olšavská

pacientka

H. Pištěková

pacientka

A. Sosnovec

pacient

J. Tlustý

pacient

Ivan Veverka

pacient

Olga Vohryzková

pacientka

J. Zajacová

pacientka

Zdeněk Skalický

číšník

Karel Smyczek

číšník

Věra Laňková

svatebčanka

Igor Stránský

svatebčan

Pavel Vondruška

svatebčan

Jaroslav Šanda

kaskadér

Zuzana Michnová

zpěvačka

S. Balická

Růžena Smolíková

primářova matka

Dubbing

Marián Labuda

hlas Havránka

David Matásek

hlas Čudly

Sylva Sequensová

hlas Kristýnky

Karel Smyczek

hlas rozhlasového cvičitele

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Petr Hartl

Assistant Director

Jan Menšík, Jarmila Čajová

Shooting Script

Karel Smyczek

Script Editor

Vladimír Bor

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Chroust

Camera Operator

Michal Škoda

Production Designer

Boris Halmi

Set Designer

Ivan Břešťák, Jaroslav Česal, Petr Průša

Costume Designer

Petr Kolínský

Film Editor

Jan Svoboda

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Production Manager

Václav Eisenhamer

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Černá, Hana Štefanová

Unit Production Manager

Vít Horálek, Luboš Čížek, Ladislava Kašáková

Cooperation

Irena Strachová, Jan Zázvorka ml., Anna Mejtská, H. Ecksteinová, Jitka Zvirocká

Music

Music Composed by

Michal Pavlíček

Selected Music

Antonín Dvořák (Jakobín – árie Na podzim v ořeší)

Music Performed by

skupina Stromboli, FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Zapomenout, Na podzim v ořeší, Myška tanečnice, Život je jen náhoda

Songwriter

Michal Pavlíček (Zapomenout), Antonín Dvořák (Na podzim v ořeší), Jaroslav Ježek (Život je jen náhoda)

Writer of Lyrics

Zuzana Michnová (Zapomenout), František Ladislav Rieger (Na podzim v ořeší), Jiří Voskovec (Život je jen náhoda), Jan Werich (Život je jen náhoda)

Singer

skupina Marsyas (Zapomenout), Martina Menšíková [dab] (Na podzim v ořeší), Gabriela Wilhelmová [dab] (Na podzim v ořeší), Jiřina Jelenská (Myška tanečnice), sbor (Život je jen náhoda)

Production info

Original Title

Sedm hladových

English Title

The Hungry Seven

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Premiere

01.10.1988

Creative Group

Jiří Blažek

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech