Boys Will Be Boys

Radim Cvrček, 1981

Film at Filmový přehled


In 1981, experienced director of children’s films Radim Cvrček made a comedy about boys’ growing pains at a boarding school. Narratives about vocational students were a requirement of the film commissioners of the “normalisation” era and this is a light-hearted contribution from Cvrček. The focus falls on mischief-makers who share room 135 at the boardinghouse. The five pubescent schoolmates are always trying to throw their tutor –referred to as “Gunslinger” – off balance; he suffers a sense of humour failure in the process. It is down to new young tutoress Kamila to step forward and ensure there is no derailing of the adolescents’ emotional development, something she pursues by appealing to the boys’s own sense of proportion, hidden beneath their veil of provocative behaviour. And it is Kamila that helps Olin, the boy who goes by the nickname of “Doughnut”, to see through a bunch of drug addicts, whom Olin’s friend Tonda has foolhardily gravitated to. The unreservedly optimistic nature of this film is supported by the songs of Michal David and the band Bacily.
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About a film

Production year 1981
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres music, comedy
Form feature
Duration 91 min
Director Radim Cvrček
Cast Mojmír Maděrič, Kamil Spáčil, Jan Šťastný, Radoslav Balaš, Jana Nagyová, Jiří Kovács
Director of photography Karel Kopecký
Screenplay Milan Šimek, Josef Pinkava
Editor Antonín Štrojsa
Production designer Zdeněk Rozkopal
Music Zdeněk John
Sound designer Radomír Koutek, Jitka Zvirocká