Archive of films It's Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill / Lepšie byť bohatý a zdravý ako chudobný a chorý

Czechoslovakia
1992, 108 min

Section: Liberated

  7D3 Thursday 4/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
  921 Saturday 6/7 9:30 Small Hall

With this dark comedy about two women stumbling along toward their dreams, Juraj Jakubisko concluded his loose trilogy about freedom and fortune while further exploring the subject of morality. Starring Deana Jakubisková-Horváthová as the Slovak Nona, and Dagmar Havlová as the Moravian Ester.


Synopsis

After the fall of communism, Nona and Ester – the protagonists of this comedy about freedom and how it isn’t always sweet – try to suppress their controversial past as they build a better life for themselves. But the path they choose isn’t particularly straight or narrow. What’s more, just as success seems within reach, the arrival of Nona’s long-ago lover transforms their randomly-arranged but solid partnership into rivalry. Following Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969) and Sitting on a Branch, Enjoying Myself (1989), Juraj Jakubisko concluded his loose trilogy about fortune and freedom in 1992 with a zany tale of two women stumbling along toward their dreams. The film, whose satirical tone skewers wealth and morality, was highly topical then and even more so today.

Eva Zaoralová

About the director

Juraj Jakubisko (b. 1938, Kojšov, Czechoslovakia). Selected filmography: The Prime of Life (1967), The Deserter and the Nomads (1968), Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969), See You in Hell, Friends (1970), The Millennial Bee (1983), The Feather Fairy (1985), Sitting on a Branch, Enjoying Myself (1989), It’s Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill (1992), Bathory (2008)

Contacts

Deana Jakubisková
Palác Lucerna, 116 02, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 296 236 353
Fax: +420 296 236 383
E-mail: deana.jakubiskova@jakubiskofilm.com
www: www.jakubiskofilm.com

Jakubisko Film s.r.o.
Palác Lucerna, 116 02, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 296 23 65 00
Fax: +420 296 236 383
E-mail: info@jakubiskofilm.com
www: www.jakubiskofilm.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Liberated
   
Director: Juraj Jakubisko
Screenplay: Juraj Jakubisko, Jozef Paštéka
Dir. of Photography: Viktor Růžička
Music: Jiří Bulis, Miloš Krkoška
Editor: Jiří Brožek
Art Director: Tomáš Berka, Slávo Procházka
Producer: Ivan Filus
Production: Mirofilm
Cast: Deana Jakubisková-Horváthová, Dagmar Havlová, Juraj Kukura, Ľubomír Paulovič, Vilma Jamnická
Contact: Deana Jakubisková, Jakubisko Film s.r.o.

Guests

Juraj Jakubisko

Film Director / Producer

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