Anyone who frequently comes close to the borderline between life and death is bound to have different values than other people. That’s also the reason why the relationship between this stuntman and his seven-year-old daughter is so complicated …
… moreover, there is a man among the stuntmen who doesn’t shy away from anything bestial…
This is a psychological drama with a crime-fiction plot exploring the attractive environment of the stuntman’s world, set in the Czech Republic. The stuntman’s tough, action profession is their everyday life; they keep it all in perspective and perform it with characteristic humour. But the story is not about the stuntman’s work per se, but about the feelings of those who have chosen to risk their lives and who are as vulnerable as anyone else. The main hero is Robin, the ex-coordinator of a stuntman group, now turned detective. He investigates a series of sadistic murders of young women. The clues point to his fellow stuntmen who have been employed by an American producer making a film in the Czech Republic. They are hired to do the most difficult stunts in the movie. Robin doesn’t want to admit that one of them could be guilty; he is convinced that none of them would be able to do something so appalling. He and his wife Tereza have a seven-year-old daughter Janička. Robin doesn’t spend much time with her, but this changes when Tereza is murdered by the psychopath whom Robin has been trying to hunt down. This happens in front of his daughter’s eyes and Janička stops talking. Robin comes out of his shell and begins to act like a father – their relationship gains a new dimension. Robin wants to avenge his wife’s death at all costs, and though he has been temporarily suspended, he carries on with the investigation on his own. His friends from the stuntman group continue working on the film – one of the exceptionally difficult scenes, however, leads to a tragic accident. Because of a frail loop, one of the stuntmen falls under the wheels of a moving train and dies. The atmosphere among the stuntmen is very tense – even the inseparable friends fight and stop talking. Robin attempts to kill the psychopath Werner, who has been arrested by the police for a series of alleged murders of young women. Luckily, Robin doesn’t succeed. Later on it transpires that Werner is not the man they have been trying to track down, though he should be locked up. Now all the clues irreversibly lead to the remaining members of the stuntman group. A totally unexpected denouement, exposing the murderer, reveals that love and hatred are not complete polar opposites, and that even a strong friendship may harbour a secret.
We often find what we value most in life when it’s too late…
A former stunt man and a judo representative at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. As an actor he has performed in many films (e.g. The Journey through Hell, Nexus, Beer, Pelikan Brief). In recent years he has devoted his energy to screenwriting (The Journey through Hell, The Precipice).
Petr Jákl jr.
A former stunt man and a judo representative at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. As an actor he has performed in a number of Hollywood movies (Bad Company, XXX, Eurotrip, Alien vs Predator, etc.). A producer (J.B.J. FILM), and recently also a screenwriter (Hasta La Vista Hero, The Power of Will).A former stunt man and a judo representative at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. As an actor he has performed in a number of Hollywood movies (Bad Company, XXX, Eurotrip, Alien vs Predator, etc.). A producer (J.B.J. FILM), and recently also a screenwriter (Hasta La Vista Hero, The Power of Will).
Two, almost unbelievably similar CVs of father and son. They, together with the dramaturge Jan Gogola (professor at the Prague FAMU; Guinea Pigs, and other films), have been writing the script for this film for more than four years.
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