Period of Examinations

Zdeněk Troška, 1990

Film at Filmový přehled


With this surprisingly modest motion picture director Zdeněk Troška broke off from his promising run of comedy productions. Between the making of the first and second sequels to his Slunce seno jahody (Sun, Hay and Strawberries, 1983) film – which he shot in 1989 and 1991, respectively – he took a sideways step to film a drama screenplay by Pavel Škapík. Its narrative responded to the contemporary events surrounding the 1989 Velvet Revolution. The character relationships story was actually already under development before the social upheaval began; it was quickly updated and enhanced with motifs reflecting the ongoing changes in society. The main protagonist of the picture is student Petr Soukup (Petr Strejček), who is actively involved in a student picket. Since he is originally from Karlovy Vary, he is tasked with garnering support at schools in the spa city. However, Petr’s attention is rather absorbed in his relationships with students Zuzana (Jana Krausová) and Martina (Yvetta Blanarovičová) as well as by the plight of a friend – single mother Jiřina who is making ends meet by working as a prostitute. Popular rock and pop singer Lucie Bílá delivers a focused performance in the role of the single mother.
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About a film

Production year 1990
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres psychological
Form feature
Duration 87 min
Director Zdeněk Troška
Cast Petr Strejček, Yvetta Blanarovičová, Jana Krausová, Lucie Bílá, Václav Stulík
Director of photography Jaroslav Brabec
Screenplay Pavel Škapík
Editor Eva Bobková
Production designer Jindřich Kočí
Music Miki Jelínek
Sound designer Jiří Hora