Archive of films Perfect Days / Perfect Days - I ženy mají své dny
2011, 110 min
Section: Czech Films 2011–2012
Erika has a job, fame, a fairytale lifestyle – and a meddlesome mother to boot. But most of all she’d like to become a mother herself, even at age 44. Yet when your relationships become overly complicated, nothing good can come of them. A comedy with tragic undertones based on the theater play by Liz Lochhead.
"I refuse to pretend I’m happy,” states 44-year- old Erika. Even though she’s comfortably fixed and is greeted with a smile by people on the street who know her from TV, she’d like to have a life partner by her side. But above all she wants a child, a dream she once thought impossible considering her hectic lifestyle. Indeed, a life rich in experience may still lack satisfaction. And how can you be content when your mother not only organizes your life but even arranges for a male stripper to bare all at your birthday party. With understanding for women’s issues, a recurrent theme in her work, Alice Nellis constructs the world of a heroine who tries to achieve contentment but who upsets her loved ones along the way. The director sets this stylish, sybaritic movie during important events and holidays in order to highlight Erika’s fumbling quest and also her moments of joy. Both result from unexpected relationship turmoil, confirming that even life after 40 brings new experiences – including those that can fundamentally change you.
About the director
Alice Nellis (b. 1971, České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia) graduated in English and American Studies from Charles University and in screenwriting from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). Her feature debut Eeny Meeny (1999) was awarded Best Film at the San Francisco IFF. Some Secrets (2002) brought her a Czech Lion for Best Screenplay, and the film played at numerous festivals and was distributed internationally. Her next film, Little Girl Blue (2007), took the Czech Lion for Best Film and, like the previous two titles, was screened at Karlovy Vary. After Mamas & Papas (2010), an experimental film for which the actors lacked access to the entire plot, she returned with the box office success Perfect Days. She is also a successful theater director: in 2012 her staging of Philip Glass’s small-scale opera Les enfants terribles was nominated for the Alfréd Radok Prize.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Czech Films 2011–2012|
|Screenplay:||Alice Nellis podle divadelní hry / based on the play by Liz Lochhead|
|Dir. of Photography:||Matěj Cibulka|
|Music:||Jan Ponocný – Circus Ponorka|
|Production:||In Film Praha|
|Cast:||Ivana Chýlková, Vojtěch Kotek, Ondřej Sokol, Zuzana Bydžovská|
|Contact:||In Film Praha s.r.o., Bontonfilm, a.s.|