Archive of films The Marbles / Kuličky

Czech Republic
2008, 75 min

Section: Czech Films 2008-2009
Year: 2009

Tears, sex, emotional blackmail, excessive anxiety – these are the usual weapons women use to manipulate their male partners. This collection of film stories by debuting director Olga Dabrowská portrays various women of various ages who are capable of ruining their own lives and those of their partners.


The prologue of this collection of film stories sees children acting out their parts at a wedding: "newly-wed” Julinka won’t let her little "husband” Péťa go off and play with the other children. Three tales follow: teenager Angela fights a battle with her mother’s lover (the tale "Mother’s Angel”); the heroine of the story "Moral Imperative”  solicits the freedom and respectability of a young priest; and in "Funeral”  Boženka tyrannises her old, sick husband with her excessive anxiety, until she drives him literally "beyond the grave”. Debuting director Olga Dabrowská, who also wrote the script for her film, treats the theme of men manipulated by women. Signs of female egotism and hedonistic indulgence already appear in their childhood relationships and remain with them up until old age and death. In her paradoxical stories of women of all ages and backgrounds, the filmmaker demonstrates the mechanisms of human lives which can be frittered away with the abuse of such "incontrovertible” female weapons as tears, sex, emotional blackmail or self-sacrifice.

About the director

Olga Dabrowská (b. 1968) graduated in screenwriting and dramaturgy from Prague’s FAMU in 1996. She has worked for Czech Television as a director, screenwriter and script editor (e.g. story and screenplay for the TV film Cuckoos / Kukačky, dir. Zuzana Zemanová). She has directed or co-directed and written a series of documentaries and current affairs programmes. She was involved in Petr Zelenka’s directorial debut Buttoners (Knoflíkáři, 1997) where, in the tale entitled Civilisation Habits (Civilizační návyky), she also appeared with David Černý. She worked as script editor and assistant director on another of Petr Zelenka’s films, Mňága - Happy End (1996) and also teamed up with him to write the story and screenplay for the tragi-comedy Loners (Samotáři, 2000) by their contemporary David Ondříček. She was a producer on the film Cabriolet (2001) by director Marcel Bystroň. The Marbles (2008) is her feature-film debut.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Czech Films 2008-2009
Director: Olga Dabrowská
Screenplay: Olga Dabrowská
Dir. of Photography: Diviš Marek, David Čálek
Music: Stefan Valdobrev
Editor: Krasimira Velitchková
Producer: Čestmír Kopecký
Production: První veřejnoprávní
Cast: Tereza Nvotová, Petr Jeništa, Marta Vítů, Josef Vystrčil, Libuše Balounová, Marika Procházková, Jiří Vyorálek
Contact: První veřejnoprávní, CinemArt, a.s.
Distributor: CinemArt, a.s.


Olga Dabrowská

Film Director

Čestmír Kopecký


Jan Jíra


Aleš Tříska

Distributor, Producer

Petr Koza

Producer, Film Crew


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