Mallory is determined to completely change her existence. Nothing has ever been easy for her, but the birth of her son faces her with a challenge she wants to overcome: clean herself up from her drug addiction and find a place to live other than the street.
A former addict, a Mother Courage who screws up compulsively, proud owner of Cannibal Corpse and Mötorhead t-shirts, tireless go-getter. It’s hard not to empathize with such a character, with such a loachian heroine, in her struggle against her inner demons, against the siren calls of past addictions, but also against the inexplicable bureaucratic structures of the Law that seem to exist only to support her own existence. Trestíková relates this odyssey without attracting attention or being ubiquitous. After each interval in her following of Mallory’s life, we notice she’s the same, has gotten better or that everything has gone to hell. To Trestíková, who has always been obsessed with changes and continuities through time, it’s not about showing the breaking points, the big events, but the unbreakable persistence of a long-suffering, usually anonymous battle. JPA
D, G: Helena Trestíková F: Miroslav Soucek, Vlastimil Hamerník, Robert Novák, David Cysar, Jirí Chod, Jakub Hejna E: Jakub Hejna S: Richard Müller M: Tadeás Věrcák P: Katerina Cerná, Pavel Strnad PE: Hana Trestíková CP: Negativ, Czech Television I: Mallory Neradová
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She was born in 1949 in Prague, in the former Czechoslovakia. She graduated from the Documentary Film Department at the local FAMU. She served as Ministry of Culture in her country and directed several documentaries, including René (1993), Carmen Story (1999), My Lucky Star (2004) and Marcela (2007) all of them screened in the Focus held by...