Friday Is No Holiday

Otakar Fuka, 1979

Film at Filmový přehled


The satire genre’s focus on communal living was enriched in 1979 with this comedy by Otakar Fuka. The story’s protagonists are the Nováks, a family who enjoy the material things in life and have chaotic, frenzied relations. The highlight of their week is a stay at the cottage, which, however, becomes demanding for the Nováks for they must prove their resourcefulness. A shortage of planks, which they want to use to build an extension to the cottage, in the end threatens the promotion of the father, Karel. Our heroes in the end come to understand that family is more important than belongings, but they are still unable to change their behaviour. The film led to a sequel, V podstatě jsme normální (Basically Normal, 1981). Petr Kostka and Jorga Kotrbová once again play a forever fighting couple. The role of the Nováks’ younger daughter marks the big screen debut of the talented Magdalena Bičíková, who was 10 years-old at the time.
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About a film

Production year 1979
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres comedy
Form feature
Duration 83 min
Director Otakar Fuka
Cast Petr Kostka, Jorga Kotrbová, Magda Reifová, Magdalena Bičíková, Zdena Hadrbolcová, Laďka Kozderková
Director of photography Josef Illík
Screenplay Jiří Just, Otakar Fuka
Editor Zdeněk Stehlík
Production designer Oldřich Bosák
Music Petr Hapka
Sound designer Milan R. Novotný