The film follows a former drug addict in the Czech Republic and provides a striking close-up of the every-day reality of unemployment and homelessness. After becoming a mother, cheap Mallory wants to give up her former life, there but kicking drugs is only the first step towards a balanced life.

Director Helena T?eštíková, who visited DocPoint in 2011 to present her film Katka (DocPoint 2011), met Mallory every few months. She allows her protagonist to tell her own life story, in an intimate and forthright manner: how she means nothing to anyone, and how the car she lives in is too cold for having sex. The years have carved deep furrows on Mallory’s face.

Mallory is a depressingly topical depiction of a society that has little or no support systems.

Still, it’s also a story of perseverance and not giving up. Even though life has amassed a wall of disappointment, Mallory hasn’t tired of climbing it over and over again.

Riina Kesänen / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski

Language: Czech
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Helena Třeštíková
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 101 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Miroslav Souček, Vlastimil Hamerník, Robert Novák, David Cysař, Jiří Chod, Jakub Hejna
  • Editing: Jakub Hejna
  • Audio: Richard Müller, Jan Gogola, Michael Třeštík
  • Music: Tadeáš Věrčák
  • Production: Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad/Negativ Film Productions


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