Helimadoe

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Helimadoe

Runtime

90

Country

Czech Republic

Copyright

1993

Production year

1992

Premiere

08.04.1993

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaromil Jireš

Screenplay

Václav Šašek, Jaromil Jireš

Synopsis

An ageing doctor recalls his youth – He-Li-Ma-Do-E: Helena, Lidmila, Marie, Dora. and Emilka, five daughters of the peculiar doctor Hanzelín. The teenager, Emil, son of the district commissioner in a Southern Bohemian city, falls seriously ill. He is under the treatment of doctor Hanzelín. His daughters attend to the boy in turns. Emil's father follows the doctor's advice and sends his son to the doctor's family every day for additional treatment. Thus Emil finds himself mainly in women's world. The girls gibe at him a bit and they seduce him a bit as well. The boy falls in love with Dora, who as the only one unwilling to be a spinster. Her only suitor is the teacher, Pírko, but she does not like him. The youngest daughter Ema loves Emil as her first childhood love and, out of jealousy, she reveals to him that Dora is dating the magician in the evenings. His wife, Aga, died from tuberculosis in the town. One evening, Emil sees the couple making love. He is angry with Dora, but in the end he secretly brings her letters from the magician. Dora runs away from home and her father, doctor Hanzelín, forbids any mention of her at home. Ema takes her position. All singing, the girls ride with their father in his barouche, calling on patients. Emil's father is promoted and his family moves away. Later, Emil graduates from medical school. Many years after, he has in his hands doctor Hanzelín's obituary and is looking at pictures from his youth. His recollection becomes stronger as he hears a magician's voice from the open market nearby.

Cast

Josef Somr

MUDr.Josef Hanzelín

Jana Dolanská

Helena, Hanzelínova dcera

Zuzana Bydžovská

Lidmila, Hanzelínova dcera

Ljuba Krbová

Marie, Hanzelínova dcera

Lucie Zedníčková

Dora, Hanzelínova dcera

Konečná Jana (2)

Ema, Hanzelínova dcera

Jakub Marek

Emil jako chlapec

Petr Pelzer

Emil jako muž

Oldřich Navrátil

Emilův otec, c.k. okresní hejtman

Eva Jakoubková

Emilova matka

Jiří Bartoška

kouzelník Adalbert Balda

Alice Vegrová

Aga, Baldova žena

Václav Vydra

učitel Pírko

Ota Sklenčka

profesor

Antonín Zacpal

Josífek

Rudolf Pellar

člen komise

Eliška Cvrčková

pacientka

Ladislav Kazda

příbuzný pacientky

Valerie Kaplanová

stará žena

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Magdaléna Čechová

Assistant Director

Michaela Kopřivová, Soňa Arnoldová

Based on

Jaroslav Havlíček (Helimadoe – román)

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Ondráček

Production Designer

Miloš Ditrich

Set Designer

Ota Černý, Jaroslav Roubíček

Costume Designer

Jarmila Konečná

Film Editor

Milan Justin

Sound Designer

Pavel Dvořák, Jan Kacian

Unit Production Manager

Tomáš Kodíček, Marcela Týcová

Consultant

Jan Čuřík

Cooperation

Jan Čuřík, Radmila Pavelková, Vítězslav Fejlek, Jan Klouza, Richard Kittler, Jitka Čáslavská, Jana Kvasničková, Miroslav Bachtík, Vladimír Churáček, Michal Id, Zdenka Horáková, Hana Turečková, Štěpánek Martin (2), Zuzana Kovaříková, Marcela Szabóová

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Proč krušinka v struze stojí, Jeníčku hloupý, Měla jsem holoubka, Na Kysuci pána není, Ouvej, moje potěšení

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Proč krušinka v struze stojí), lidová píseň (Jeníčku hloupý), lidová píseň (Měla jsem holoubka), lidová slovenská píseň (Na Kysuci pána není), lidová píseň (Ouvej, moje potěšení)

Singer

dívčí sbor (Proč krušinka v struze stojí), dívčí sbor (Jeníčku hloupý), dívčí sbor (Měla jsem holoubka), dívčí sbor (Na Kysuci pána není), dívčí sbor (Ouvej, moje potěšení)

Music Supervisor

Jiří Václav

Production info

Original Title

Helimadoe

English Title

Helimadoe

Copyright

1993

Production Year

1992

Premiere

08.04.1993

Distribution

KF, a.s.

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 1. Český lev za rok 1993

1994
Praha / Czech Republic
Václav Šašek

Vítěz

Event: Anketa časopisu Kinorevue

1994
Praha / Czech Republic

Vítěz

Festival: 11. mezinárodní filmový festival Harare

1994
Harare / Zimbabwe

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní filmový festival hraných debutů Fórum´93 Bratislava

1993
Bratislava / the Slovak Republic