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CHARACTERS  |  CZ Language

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PETR (Filip Tomsa)

Petr is a member of the Red Star hockey team, a Communist-youth organization. Petr is conflicted about being a Red Star athlete: he loves the competition and attention but he yearns for the freedom to think freely and to travel the world, ideals his father have instilled in him.

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JIRI (Filip Cil)

Jiri is a music loving teenager who dubs officially banned music for illegal black-market distribution. He competes with Petr over athletics, politics and particularly over Martina. The two spur each other on, leading to increasingly serious confrontations with the authorities.

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ONDREJ (Pavel Richta)

Ondrej is a Slovak artist who doesn't speak much, preferring to communicate with his art and through pantomime, like a latter day version of Harpo Marx. Ondrej creates a fantasy world of animated films, drawings and paintings that allow his imagination to roam freely.

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MARTINA (Anita Krausova)

Martina, a Slovak painter with a sharp wit, becomes the center of attention for the three boys. She likes Jiri but is also attracted to Petr.

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PAVEL (David Novotny)

Pavel is studying architecture in Italy in 1968 when the Russians crush the 'Prague Spring'. He can stay in Italy as an exile, but his love for a woman brings him back home. Upon his return, his passport is seized, his studies are ended and he winds up as a bricklayer. His wife later leaves him and their young son, Petr.

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JAN (Igor Bares)

Jan, Petr's uncle, encourages Petr to join the Communist Youth Sports organizations to counterbalance Pavel's anti-communist ideology. As a result, Petr is caught in an ongoing battle between his uncle and his father.

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KAPITAN BARTA (Lobos Dojcan)

Barta leads the police effort against the dissidents. Under orders from Jan, Barta directs the attack of the riot police on the demonstrators in Narodni Trida on November 17th.

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POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER MIROSLAV (Stano Stehlik)

Miroslav follows Petr, Jiri and Ondrej throughout the film, acting as the 'eyes and ears' of the StB.

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OTTO (Jiri Jelenik)

Otto is a secret collaborator whose mission is to stir up students against the government. He leads the student demonstration on November 17th, 1989 into a police trap, with disastrous results for all concerned.