Archive of films Beauty in Trouble / Kráska v nesnázích

Czech Republic
2006, 110 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2006

This film about “sex, money and a good person” tells of a love triangle between an ordinary young woman, her undeserving husband and a kind, elderly Czech-Italian. Using a simple plot reminiscent of a story from a dime novel, screenwriter Petr Jarchovský and director Jan Hřebejk develop an intricate genre piece with an unexpected ending.


In their sixth feature-length film, screenwriter Petr Jarchovský and director Jan Hřebejk – as in the tragicomedy Up and Down – touch upon complex inter-personal relationships in modern Czech society. The heroine of this love story inspired by the poem of the same name by Robert Graves, is an ordinary young woman, Marcela, who has to decide between two men: her undeserving but beloved husband, and an affable, well situated elderly foreigner. The elegant Czech-Italian represents a secure future for Marcela and her two children, and if good sense were guiding her, she wouldn’t hesitate. A central role in this narrative which, according to its creators, is about “sex, money and a good person”, however, is also given over to the heroine’s complicated family relations. Using a simple plot reminiscent of a story from a dime novel, the experienced filmmakers develop an intricate genre piece with an unexpected ending.

About the director

Jan Hřebejk (b. 1967, Prague), a respected film and stage director and screenwriter, studied script editing and screenwriting at Prague’s FAMU (1991), where he was already making noteworthy student films. He linked up with his long-term colleague, the screenwriter Petr Jarchovský, for the comedy Let’s All Sing Around (Pějme píseň dohola, 1990, dir. Ondřej Trojan), for which they wrote the screenplay. In 1993 he debuted with the 1950s musical Big Beat (Šakalí léta), which won four Czech Lions, including Best Film. He then made the hit films Cosy Dens (Pelíšky, 1999), Divided We Fall (Musíme si pomáhat, 2004 – Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film), Pupendo (2003) and Up and Down (Horem Pádem, 2004 – four Czech Lions including Best Film). He works regularly as a director for Czech Television (e.g. the family series Where Stars Fall / Kde padají hvězdy, 1996) and for the Prague theatre Divadlo pod Palmovkou.


Total HelpArt T.H.A.
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Czech Republic
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Falcon a.s.
Radlická 1c/3185, 150 00, Praha 5
Czech Republic
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Česká televize
Kavčí Hory, 140 70, Praha 4
Czech Republic
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Menemsha Films, Inc.
213 Rose Avenue, 2nd floor, CA 902 91, Venice
United States of America
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Jan Hřebejk
Screenplay: Petr Jarchovský
Dir. of Photography: Jan Malíř
Music: Aleš Březina
Editor: Vladimír Barák
Producer: Ondřej Trojan
Production: Total HelpArt T.H.A.
Cast: Aňa Geislerová, Jana Brejchová, Emília Vášáryová, Josef Abrhám, Roman Luknár, Jiří Schmitzer, Jan Hrušínský, Jiří Macháček, Andrei Toader, Nikolay Penev, Adam Mišík
Contact: Total HelpArt T.H.A., Falcon a.s., Česká televize, Menemsha Films, Inc.
Distributor: Falcon a.s.


Jan Hřebejk

Film Director

Ondřej Trojan

Festival Organizer, Film Director, Producer

Daria Špačková


Petr Jarchovský

Screenwriter, Screenwriter

Anna Geislerová


Jan Malíř

Director of Photography

Marcela Krejčí


Michal Holubec

Film Crew

Roman Luknár

Actor, Actor

Petra Štovíková

Festival Organizer, TV Representative

Jitka Procházková

Festival Organizer, TV Representative

Neil Friedman


Jana Brejchová


Milan Býček

Film Crew

Jiří Schmitzer

Actor, Actor, Actor

Josef Abrhám


Pavlína Fechterová Vlčková

Service Company Rep.

Vladimír Barák

Film Editor, Film Editor


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