Loving James

Václav Matějka, 1982



Alongside regime-ordered political propaganda, director Václav Matějka also turned his attentions towards less contentious fare during the 1970s and early 80s. This film from 1982 tells the story of young teacher Petra Jánská (Zlata Adamovská), whose arrival at a small town school is driven by her desire to be closer to her boyfriend. While the idealistic teacher tries to help improve the education of her new pupils, her lover Jakub (Ivan Vyskočil) attempts to manage a tough situation afflicting his employment at a local paper mill. The small town environment is riddled with lies and machinations. Petra does her best to sift through all of this to help a pupil, Pavel. But the end result of her efforts is an unexpected tragedy. Matějka also served as screenwriter for Má láska s Jakubem (Loving James) and spiced up the tale with sequences featuring abstract “metaphorical” masked characters.
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About a film

film_production_year 1982
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres psychological
film_form feature
film_duration 97 min
film_director Václav Matějka
film_cast Zlata Adamovská, Ivan Vyskočil, Josef Vinklář, Karolina Slunéčková, Martin Růžek, Vlasta Žehrová
film_director_of_photography Viktor Růžička
film_screenplay Václav Matějka
film_film_editor Josef Valušiak
film_production_designer Bohumil Pokorný
film_music_composed_by Petr Hapka
film_sound_designer Jiří Hora