A sunny hillside in the Bohemian Forest is the setting for this portrait of an unusual family. The parents and their nine children appear to have arrived in paradise. Sprawling meadows with trees and swings are the children’s playgrounds and nature surrounds the home they themselves have put together.
But instead of the idyll you might expect, head-of-family Petr rules the roost. To live his dream of freedom, the former IT student had decided to leave town life – accompanied by his wife and a few ideas about self-sufficient existence. Love and togetherness were to have been the foundation. And all that was allowed was what you needed for basic survival. Warm water, birthday presents, timetables and schools … these were mere comforts which Petr could do without and which his wife and the nine children had to go without as well.
Eva Tomanova takes a critical look at the patriarch who describes his educational approach as »professional«. As the film director delves deeper into this assumed paradise, she begins to dissect it analytically. What is life like at the side of a man who imposes his rigid lifestyle on the whole family? How do the power structures, which allow no-one to leave, actually function?
Eva Tomanova ist tschechische Autorin und Regisseurin, deren Wurzeln im Journalismus liegen. Während der letzten acht Jahre arbeitete sie für die tschechischen Fernsehsender Czech TV und TV Barrandov, drehte Fernsehreportagen- und Dokumentationen in Äthiopien, Brasilien oder Spanien. Seit 1998 war sie für den Sender TV Nova tätig, dessen Programmdirektorin sie 2007 wurde. Seit 2012 ist sie Mitglied der Tschechischen Filmförderung.
Filme von Eva Tomanova (Auswahl)
Ve stínu lebek 2011 | Çeské mlování 2009