Waltzing Matilda

The story of a successful lawyer and his son whose mother and grandmother, Matilda, became ill with Alzheimer's di­sease. In a film full of tears and laughter, Karel Roden and Regina Rázlová met for the first time in front of the camera.

Tancuj Matyldo
Czechia 2023
  • hearing impaired
108 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia.

In a story inspired by real events an introverted Karel (Karel Roden) lives in a world of order and strict rules with a little room for empathy. He visits his extroverted and bohemian mother Matylda (Regina Rázlová), a former bar singer, mostly because of a sense of obligation. Matilda unexpectedly loses her apartment and Karel has no choice but to have her live with him. Their coexistence is a disaster especially when it comes out that Matilda is developing Alzheimer's. Karel's son Pavel (Antonio Šoposki), an irresponsible flutist who despises his father's profession as an executor, is seemed as the best option to take care of their troubled grandmother. The new household of three different temperaments across generations brings humorous moments. However with the progressing symptoms of the disease they turn more tragicomic. At first the hopeless situation turns the family's life upside down but through not giving up they achieve something meaningful not only for Matilda, but also for themselves.

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Director: Petr Slavík
Screenplay: Nataša Slavíková, Petr Slavík
Cinematography: Martin Štrba
Music: Michal Pavlíček
Sound: Miroslav Hřebejk
Editing: Vladimír Bezděk
Production Design: Adam Pitra
Producer: Nataša Slavíková, Vít Janeček, Zuzana Piussi
Co-production: Jaroslav Sedláček, Jordi Niubó, Helena Uldrichová
Costumes: Katarína Štrbová Bieliková
Cast: Karel Roden, Regina Rázlová, Antonio Šoposki, Zuzana Kanócz, Simona Postlerová, Miroslav Babuský, Eva Leinweberová

Czech Lions

2023 – Michal Pavlíček (Best Music)

Czech Film Critics' Awards

2023 – Karel Roden (Best Actor)

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