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Radovan Urban, 1988



With their parents too busy to notice, a lack of adult guidance and oversight allows a group of young adolescents to inflict their malignant worst on a city housing estate. The group’s frequent bouts of moodiness and aggression are stirred up by heavy metal music from the band Vitacit… In 1988, director Radovan Urban and screenwriter Miloš Cajthaml attempted to draw attention to issues faced by youths left to their own devices in the massed suburban blocks of social housing outside Czech cities (Prague’s Jižní Město in particular). The story’s protagonist, ninth-grader Honza Kovář, falls in with a gang of misfits and vandals who also rob local children and pensioners. Honza’s naivety eventually costs him dear, including his girlfriend Lucka… The film, leaving something to be desired in terms of authenticity, starred Petr Bok (Honza) and Lucie Benešová (Lucka). Heavy metal fans may also enjoy the performances of singer Lucie Bílá and the band Vitacit.
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About a film

film_production_year 1988
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres drama
film_form feature
film_duration 83 min
film_director Radovan Urban
film_cast Petr Bok, Dana Syslová, Miloš Vávra, Tomáš Růžička, Lucie Benešová
film_director_of_photography Martin Benoni
film_screenplay Miloš Cajthaml
film_film_editor Jan Chaloupek
film_production_designer Jiří Matolín
film_music_composed_by Martin Kratochvíl, Miloš Doležal
film_sound_designer Jiří Kejř