Of Parents and Children

The regular walks taken together by a middle-aged son and his aging father through the magical urban landscape of Prague served experienced director as a starting point for his bitter-sweet comedy about family, personal and historical relationships.

O rodičích a dětech
Czechia 2007
107 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

What are the things which unite and divide a 40-year-old son, currently in a trouble-free relationship, and his aging father, a former scientist whose memory is burdened by two wars and a host of other historical and private absurdities? The bond which has been developing between them for over 40 years has its distressing yet also humorous moments, its obligations and even its mysteries – and it’s still not certain that they can avoid making the same mistakes again and again… Experienced director Vladimír Michálek creates a bitter-sweet comedy from a seemingly banal situation, where father and son go on a walk together through the magical urban landscape of Prague. The story wends its way through the generations, from the family’s private “little” past to major events in 20th century history. This intelligent, fresh and compelling film, inspired by the novel by leading contemporary writer Emil Hakl (awarded the Magnesia Litera Prize), offers subtle yet rousing performances from Josef Somr (Father) and David Novotný (Son).

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Director: Vladimír Michálek
Based on: Emil Hakl
Screenplay: Emil Hakl, Jiří Křižan, Vladimír Michálek
Cinematography: Martin Štrba
Music: Michał Lorenc
Sound: Radim Hladík ml.
Editing: Jiří Brožek
Production Design: Martin Vačkář
Producer: Michal Smrek, Jan Dobrovský
Co-production: Ivan Jiránek, Helena Uldrichová, Dušan Kukal, Vít Komrzý, Radim Janeš, Pavel Rejholec, Radek Pokorný, Miloslav Ježek, Petr Žaluda, Peter Valert
Costumes: Katarína Bieliková
Cast: Josef Somr, David Novotný, Ľuboš Kostelný, Zuzana Stivínová, Lenka Vlasáková, Jiří Lábus, Mariana Kroftová, Luboš Veselý, Vladimír Hauser, Marie Málková, Tony Ducháček
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.