Something Like Happiness

Synopsis

Monika, Tonik and Dasha grew up together in the same housing project on the outskirts of a small industrial city. Now the childhood friends are adults, each struggling with feelings of desire and loneliness, longing and failure.Though none would admit it, each craves something the other has: love, family, children… it’s these unspoken longings that bind them in difficult, complex, passionate friendship.

COUNTRY
ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA, GERMANY

GENRE
COMEDY, DRAMA

CO-PRODUCER 
NEGATIV, PALLAS FILM, CZECH TELEVISION

RELEASE DATE
14. 9. 2005

SCREENING FORMATS
HD Files

RUNTIME
102 min

Trailer & Photogallery

Cast & Crew

WRITER AND DIRECTOR
BOHDAN SLÁMA

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
DIVIŠ MAREK

EDITOR
JAN DAŇHEL

CAST
PAVEL LIŠKA, TÁŇA VILHELMOVÁ, ANNA GEISLEROVÁ, MAREK DANIEL, BOLESLAV POLÍVKA, SIMONA STAŠOVÁ, MARTIN HUBA, ANNA KOČIŠOVÁ A DLAŠÍ

MUSIC
LEONID SOYBELMAN

SOUND DESIGNER
JAN ČENĚK

About the film

SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS is about the search for love, and the mysteries of change that love causes in us. The fight for life, for ourselves, and for others.

Casting
The basic casting was clear to me even before I wrote the script. For me this film is very personal, and it is equally personal for those starring in the main roles. We wanted to make a film about what we actually live. Actors interest me as living beings who reflect their characters in a way integral to the perception of the film. It is impossible to portray a character other than from within.

Camera
We were seeking a style in which the camera allowed the viewer to witness living unrepeatable moments, to be as close as possible to the actors themselves, and to be in intimate rapport with them. In order to enable the actors to express the fragility of their characters’ worlds, through themselves, through their entire emotional potential.

Location
The story takes place in the north of the Czech Republic, a region known for its factories, electrical cables and concrete viaducts. A modern desert, one of the negative products of human progress, destroyed by coalmines and acid rain. Yet, at the same time, this region is a place for people to live in: they live their life in this everyday hardship and don’t even notice it…