The Smiles of Sad Men

3 different stories of men connected by their failure becoming alcoholics. Will they get the help to overcome alcohol or replace it with something else?

Úsměvy smutných mužů
Czechia, Slovakia 2018
92 min.
  • This film is available until 4. 11. 2028 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

A tragicomedy based on the best-selling novel by Josef Formánek, inspired by his real-life experiences. The story follows four patients fighting addiction, who find themselves in the most difficult period of their lives. However, even under these circumstances, they manage to joke around and share a laugh. Josef, the main character and narrator of the story, is a writer, who is undergoing treatment for the very first time. During his stay in the facility, Josef meets other people just like him and is confronted with their life stories. Josef’s perspec­tive, words, actions and merciless sarcasm accompany us as we watch him embark on a journey to save his life. And help us uncover what made him pick up the bottle for the very first time.

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Director: Dan Svátek
Based on: Josef Formánek
Screenplay: Daniel Svátek, Josef Formánek
Cinematography: Jakub Šimůnek
Music: Ondřej Endru Havlík, JeN Hovorka
Sound: Petr Kapeller
Editing: Daniel Svátek
Production Design: Ivo Návrat
Producer: Daniel Svátek, Martin Gazda
Costumes: Ilona Koutková
Cast: David Švehlík, Jaroslav Dušek, Ondřej Malý, Ivan Franěk, Marika Šoposká, Simona Babčáková, Jiří Maryško, Jaroslav Plesl

Czech Lions

2018 – Dan Svátek (Audience Award)

  • This film is available until 4. 11. 2028 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.