Our Crazy Family

Jan Valášek, Karel Kachyňa, 1967

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Apart from his more serious works (Kočár do Vídně [A Carriage Going to Vienna, 1966]; Noc nevěsty [The Nun’s Night, 1967]; Ucho [The Ear, 1970]), screenwriter Jan Procházka also tried his hand at the comedy genre. This 1968 film about the bespectacled Solnička family is told from the point of view of Jana, an accident-prone 12-year-old who has again landed herself in hospital. When she returns, she and her older sister Zuza realise that something has changed at home. They come to the conclusion that their parents are about to get divorced. Fortunately, the truth is a happy contrast: there’s going to be a new baby in the family. After director Jan Valášek’s untimely death, the film was completed by director Karel Kachyňa. A fast-paced and witty story, it stars child non-actors Bohumila Houdková and Jarmila Srbová alongside experienced actors (Jiřina Jirásková, Vladimír Menšík, Jiřina Šejbalová, Bohuš Záhorský), who were even engaged for the smaller parts.
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About a film

Production year 1967
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres comedy
Form feature
Duration 74 min
Director Jan Valášek, Karel Kachyňa
Cast Bohumila Houdková, Jarmila Srbová, Jiřina Jirásková, Vladimír Menšík, Jiřina Šejbalová, Bohuš Záhorský
Director of photography Jan Stallich
Screenplay Jan Procházka
Editor Jaromír Janáček
Production designer Vladimír Labský
Music Miloš Vacek
Sound designer Jiří Lenoch