This girls’ holiday road movie which breaks the taboo tells the story of three 18-year-old girlfriends who, during their travels, discover that freedom can sometimes leave a bitter aftertaste.

Czechia 2007
96 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

“A girls’ holiday road movie which breaks the taboo” – this was the tagline adopted for the distribution of director Karin Babinská’s debut, which won Best Film at the Czech film festival Finále Plzeň 2007. Iška, Karolína and Vendula are all eighteen and they’ve just left school. They don’t want to give up the blithe existence of their schooldays, nor their friendships, so they plan a short trip to Holland where they’ll be working on a farm. They certainly aren’t pleased when Iška’s younger brother Vojta decides to tag along, who ultimately becomes a witness and also catalyst in the breakdown of their relationship. The girls realise that time cannot be stopped. Dolls is essentially a “coming-out” story: not only in the sense of coming to terms with one’s sexual orientation, as in the case of one of the girls, but also on a more general level. It’s a label for what is often a painful process of uncovering the most profound truth, reconciling oneself with it and finding the strength to start living according to it. This may mean accepting the necessary seclusion in order to find one’s own identity.

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Director: Karin Babinská
Screenplay: Petra Ušelová, Karin Babinská
Cinematography: Martin Douba
Music: Jan P. Muchow
Sound: Jiří Klenka, Robert Dufek, The Crabsound
Editing: Marek Opatrný
Production Design: Jan Novotný
Producer: Viktor Schwarcz, Jaroslav Kučera, Karin Babinská, Martin Douba, Zdeněk Skaunic, Jordi Niubò, Igor Konyukov
Costumes: Miriam Machová
Cast: Sandra Nováková, Marie Doležalová, Petra Nesvačilová, Oldřich Hajlich, Erik Kalivoda, Lenka Vlasáková, Mario Kubaš, Filip Blažek, Matěj Ruppert

Pilsen Film Festival

2007 – Karin Babinská (Golden Kingfisher – Best Feature Film)

Mezipatra Queer Film Festival

2007 – Petra Ušelová (Honorable Mention Prize)

  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.