An ordinary man with an ordinary job, ordinary family, and ordinary affair experience an unordinary day after he signs the Charter 77. An exceptional film directed by Jiri Strach that won several festival awards for the Best Actor (for Ivan Trojan), Actress (for Zuzana Stivinova) and the Best Television Comedy.
The story takes place in the 1980’s. A few months ago, our main character Richard, a civil servant, signed Charter 77, a petition demanding the Communist government of Czechoslovakia to recognize some basic human rights. Signing the petition was a serious issue and its spreading was considered a political crime by the communist regime. Richard’s act of bravery happened by mistake after a few drinks, rather than out of conviction. Since then, he has been bedeviled by bad luck. Today, however, is the worst. In the afternoon, he has an appointment with the dentist to have his eighths (wisdom teeth) extracted, a dreadful prospect but small matter compared to what was awaiting him before that. A financial statement at work, a colleague eager for marriage who hasn’t grasped that his ‘affair’ was a mere flirt, an ultimatum from Richard’s boss to retract his signature of the Charter and burst stand-pipe at home with an old rusty gun hidden in it.