About the film
After the tragic death of my son, I was overwhelmed with self-reproach for all the
ways in which I had been a bad father, the things I hadn’t done for him as he was growing up. I replayed our conversations over and over again. That was how the character of Jára came into being. Jára represents my human failings, as well as my fatherly love, my love for my family, which is the foundation of my existence. I gradually came up with the other characters — like Jára, they’re full of human imperfections, full of yearning to change themselves for the better. I love this yearning in my characters. I’d like to experience everything they go through in the story with them, they make me laugh and they frustrate me.
I’m fascinated by the constant mixture of tragic and comic elements in their lives.The story only took on real meaning for me when the character of Karel emerged. Karel is, like all mystics and shamans, a link between the worlds of being and non-being. The burden of his spiritual quest is full of mystery and comedy, but I’m grateful to Karel most of all for bringing hope to the end of the story.