97 min


Leaving Beginnings Behind

Opouštět Počátky

Directing: Linda Kallistová Jablonská


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In her most recent film, Linda Kallistová Jablonská observes three girls growing up in a residential facility in Počátky, Czech Republic, over the course of ten years. She explores their dreams about liberty, the reality they must face as well as their ideas about their own future families. The sequel to her first longitudinal documentary about Adéla, Denisa and Pavla captures the rocky road to independence after leaving the facility, their reconciliation with the past, job search, new relationships, small joys and big disappointments. Not only does the director draw an empathic portrait of three young girls with no-one to rely on but themselves; she also explores the ways in which public institutions form young people’s attitudes to life. “I have just finished a film mapping ten years in the lives of three girls who had grown up in an institutional care facility. The girls face various struggles, and I wanted to know why. I looked into how the first years of one’s life actually form the person, and I’ve come to realize that institutional care strongly affects the whole life of a person who has grown up in it.“ (Linda Kallistová Jablonská)


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