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Return of the Prodigal Son (1967)

Návrat ztraceného syna (original title)
Engineer Jan Sebek (Jan Kacer) is undergoing treatment in a mental home after his unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide. His therapist, via discussions both with the patient and with ... See full summary »

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Evald Schorm
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Credited cast:
Jana Brejchová ... Jana
Nina Divísková
Karel Hovorka Karel Hovorka
Jan Kacer ... Jan Sebek
Klara Kacerova Klara Kacerova
Jirí Kilian Jirí Kilian ... Zdenek
Antonín Lebeda Antonín Lebeda ... Jana's Father
Anna Lebedova Anna Lebedova ... Jana's Mother
Dana Medrická ... Olga
Jirí Menzel ... Jirí
Milan Morávek Milan Morávek ... Doctor
Josef A. Stehlík Josef A. Stehlík ... Parson
Leos Sucharípa
Jirina Trebická Jirina Trebická
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Engineer Jan Sebek (Jan Kacer) is undergoing treatment in a mental home after his unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide. His therapist, via discussions both with the patient and with people who know him, tries to find out what made the young and seemingly satisfied man decide to end his own life. Jan's pretty wife Jana (Jana Brejchová) claims not to know about anything but she is conducting an affair with a family friend, almost publicly and with the blessing of her parents. Written by NFA.cz

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Alienation or mental illness?
16 December 2015 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

This movie begins with the arrival of Jan, a young engineer, being admitted to a mental hospital. Although he seems to have everything (a good job, a beautiful wife and a daughter) he has just tried committing suicide. Nobody can say why, least of all Jan. The movie follows him as he attempts to get his life back together. There is little plot per se, just a series of incidents that show his emotional ups and downs. It's an interesting movie but a hard one to get excited about. The movie has a very cool and detached approach that keeps the viewer at arm's length. Some of the scenes in the movie feel a little choppy. Many of the characters' emotions turn at the drop of a dime and the dialogue has an improvisational feel. A challenging but interesting film.

Side note for film buffs: Jan's wife's whiny lover is played by Jiri Menzel, the director of the great Closely Watched Trains and other classics.


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

10 March 1967 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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