Vlasta is a fifty-five-year-old housewife and caregiver who is always on the move. She travels through the Czech Republic and visits her eccentric patients. She’s a devoted mother and wife who always puts other people’s needs ahead of her own. Her traditional and conservative husband spends time satisfying his own needs without caring much about Vlasta’s emotions. However, when she was diagnosed with cancer, her family, patients and herself as well, become aware of the fact that she needs help too. The director of the film, Slavek Horak, got the inspiration for this film from the tales of his mother who was also a caregiver. The movie is typical for what we consider the „Czech school“ in our country, since it is very similar to our mentality.
Slavek Horak was born in 1975 in Zlin, the Czech Republic. He graduated from the film school in Zlin and also studied directing at the Prague film school FAMU. His rapid success in career as a director of international commercial campaigns prevented him from finishing his studies at FAMU. He made two short films for the international project Straight8, which were selected in the top six and screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2012 he started the production company Tvorba films. The film Home Care is his debut.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 – Best actress
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016 – Directors to Watch, FIPRESCI Prize
Home Care (fic.)
Director: Slávek Horák
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Language: Czech, Slovak
Cast: Alena Mihulová, Bolek Polívka, Tatiana Vilhelmová
Production: Ceská Televize, Sokol Kollár, TVORBA films