Archive of films Searching / Bloudění

1965, 79 min

Section: Special Events
Year: 2018

In this depiction of a generational conflict of values, the film’s title symbolically conveys many of the characters’ frame of mind. The father, a one-time communist of Stalinist bent, is trying to find a way to excuse his past. The son, affected by his dad’s moral failings and with his soul in disarray, is endeavouring to choose the right way to live his life, as are the three youngsters he encounters when he runs away from home.


Young Michal’s disapproval of his father in this quasi-existential drama is to some extent more fundamental than the usual rebellion parents have to face as their children become adolescents. His father, a communist, was involved in shady party practices during the 1950s and now, in a somewhat more relaxed political climate, he attempts to deflect his guilt with bombastic speeches and recollections of his purported wartime heroics. His behaviour nevertheless reveals his uncertainty; he is groping in the dark just like his son, vainly seeking values to depend on. The “searching” of the film’s title is cleverly projected into the overall conception of the work: the characters speak to each other without understanding, and they roam restlessly from place to place without ever heading towards a specific goal.

Zdena Škapová

About the director

Antonín Máša (1935, Višňová, Czechoslovakia – 2001, Příbram, Czech Republic). Selected filmography: Searching (1965), Hotel for Strangers (1966), Looking Back (1968), The Silence of Larks (1989), Was That Really Us? (1990). Screenplays: Courage for Every Day (1964), What’s Up, Doc? (1984)

Jan Čuřík (1924–1996, Prague, Czechoslovakia). Filmography: Searching (1965)


Národní filmový archiv
Malešická 12, 130 00, Praha 3
Czech Republic

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Special Events
Director: Jan Čuřík, Antonín Máša
Screenplay: Antonín Máša
Dir. of Photography: Jan Čuřík, Ivan Šlapeta
Music: Jan Klusák
Editor: Miroslav Hájek, Jaromír Janáček
Art Director: Věra Vainarová
Producer: Jiří Krejčí
Production: Filmové studio Barrandov
Cast: Jaromír Hanzlík, Jiří Pleskot, Jiřina Jirásková, Vladimír Šmeral, Alexandra Myšková, Jana Brejchová
Sales: Národní filmový archiv


Tomáš Žůrek

Sales Agent

Jaromír Hanzlík



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