Girl with a Sea-Shell

Jiří Svoboda, 1980

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The fate of an adolescent girl whose life was affected by serious parental neglect was the inspiration for Jaromíra Kolárová’s novel and this film adaptation bearing the same name. In this intimate family drama, director Jiří Svoboda remained true to his formally effective style, which somewhat pushes the actual dramatic fate of the 13-year-old heroine into the background. At school little Vendula is considered to be backward; but in fact she has taken over from her alcoholic mother, caring for her three younger half-siblings. Evelyna Steimarová excels in the role of the unhappy woman addicted to alcohol in this 1980 drama. After Čekání na déšť (Waiting for the Rain, 1978), Karel Kachyňa secured the part of the heavily tested heroine for the young Dita Kaplanová, giving her another opportunity to deliver a deeply heartfelt performance.
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About a film

Production year 1980
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres psychological
Form feature
Duration 87 min
Director Jiří Svoboda
Cast Dita Kaplanová, Evelyna Steimarová, Petr Bosák, Martin Zavadil, Dana Medřická
Director of photography Andrej Barla
Screenplay Miloslav Vydra
Editor Josef Valušiak
Production designer Milan Nejedlý
Music Petr Hapka
Sound designer Jiří Moudrý