Václav Matějka, 1972

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During the “normalisation” era of the 1970s, the outstanding actor Petr Čepek focused primarily on theatre and television work. The 1972 psychological drama Návraty (The Return), directed by Václav Matějka, is one of the few exceptions. The protagonist, Slávek Vondra, is an indecisive, morally corrupt intellectual, and a poser who becomes a victim of his own inflated ambitions. His ex-wife, medical nurse Tereza (Jana Gýrová), still holds some affection for him and tries to stay in touch with him, for the sake of their little son; but Slávek’s actions finally make her see the light. At first glance, the film seems to differ from Matějka’s other, politically conformist works; in actuality, it is a pointed criticism of intellectuals who were active in the liberal 1960s and refused to support the new regime.
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About a film

Production year 1972
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres psychological
Form feature
Duration 95 min
Director Václav Matějka
Cast Jana Gýrová, Petr Čepek, Tomáš Muchka, Jarmila Krulišová, Rudolf Jelínek, Josef Somr
Director of photography Andrej Barla
Screenplay Václav Matějka
Editor Josef Valušiak
Production designer Jindřich Goetz
Music Luboš Fišer
Sound designer František Fabián