Production year: 2001
Duration: 95 minuta
The story takes place in Osijek in 1968. Seventeen-year-old Tomo is the greatest hope the town of Osijek has for winning the Junior Cup of Yugoslavia. Josip Broz Tito himself is expected to come to Osijek to open the competition. Nevertheless, Tomo is more interested in girls than in rowing. The beautiful prostitute Betika and a lovely girl named Jasna have captured his heart. Unfortunately, he has impotence issues of which even his doctors are unaware. Therefore, is unable to realize his sexual fantasies. Finally, he ends up in a hospital where local members of the political elite persuade him to compete in the cup. These pressures come to a head when his father is taken to prison as a political suspect…
Luka Dragić (Tomo), Barbara Vicković (Betika), Mustafa Nadarević (Tomo’s father), Gordana Gadžić (Tomo’s mother), Dražen Kühn (coach Iveša), Ivo Gregurević (Emil), Nenad Cvetko (Zlatko), Matija Prskalo (Goca), Franjo Dijak (Švabo), Hrvoje Kečkeš (Džambo), Lana Jergović (Jasna), Ana Begić (Vlasta), Goran Grgić (doctor Janda), Sandra Lončarić (nurse Jagoda), Božidar Orešković (doctor Primorac), Dominik Špigl (Lonka), Slaven Knezović (inspector Zdravković), Predrag Vušović (photographer Jole), etc.
Country of production:
Republic of Croatia
This film outstandingly recreates a recent period in Croatian history. It has an expressive visual style, great performances, and,(for a typical Croatian production),unusually well developed narrative and dramatic structures. The lack of proselytizing, also characteristic of Schmidt’s other films, makes this his best work so far. At the Pula film festival, this film won the Golden Arenas for the best production (Mirko Galić, Vesna Mort) and screenplay.
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