Ordinary Failures

A misfit teenager, an anxious mother, and a recent widow see their day interrupted by a mysterious natural phenomenon. As their world descends into chaos, the three women struggle to find their place in life.

Běžná selhání
Czechia, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia 2022
  • hearing impaired
  • English
80 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Common failures follow one day in the lives of three women. The protagonists don't know each other, but their paths cross at critical moments to selflessly help each other when a mysterious catastrophic event and explosions hit their town. Hana is a recent widow who refuses to grieve, and on top of that, she has just been fired today. When her four-legged companion, her late husband's robotic dog Arlo, breaks down, she heads to the mall to have it repaired. On her way, she meets a young girl. She is Tereza, who has run away from a failed birthday party of her own and from her overprotective mother. She would want Tereza to be happy and perfect at any cost. Which she's just not. A powerful explosion hits the mall, Tereza goes on the run, and on her way out she finds an abandoned boy on the fire escape. It's David, Silva's son. Silva doubts whether she is a good mother, whether her whole life makes sense, and in a fit of panic she leaves David in the playroom. As the mysterious explosions begin to intensify, a desperate Silva must find her son, a rebellious Tereza must reconcile with her parents, and Hana must accept her grief.

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Director: Cristina Grosan
Screenplay: Klára Vlasáková
Cinematography: Márk Győri
Music: Pjoni
Sound: Filippo Barracco, Ivan Caso, Jan Pavel
Editing: Anna Meller
Production Design: Antonín Šilar
Producer: Marek Novák
Co-production: Judit Stalter, Marica Stocchi, Monika Lošťáková, Zuzana Jankovičová, Simona Hrušovská, Veronika Kocourková
Costumes: Petra Krčmářová
Cast: Taťjana Medvecká, Nora Klimešová Beáta Kaňoková, Vica Kerekes Rostislav Novák Jr., Jana Stryková Adam Berka, Luboš Veselý Jana Plodková, Petra Bučková

Venice Film Festival

2022 – Cristina Grosan (Best Director)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.