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René

Helena Třeštíková rencontre René Plášil en 1987, alors mineur emprisonné. Amnistié, condamné puis emprisonné à nouveau, René retourne toujours à l’abri, derrière les murs du pénitencier. Rebelle, sa philosophie libertaire s’affine le stylo à la main. Sa vie commence à changer le jour où il publie son premier récit.
Avec sa fondation Film & sociologie, Helena Třeštíková réalise de 1989 à 1994
Parle-moi de toi, une série de portraits de mineurs rencontrés en prison. René est issu d’un premier portrait finalisé en 1993.

This raw authentic documentary film tells the story of René whose life was being captured on camera since he was seventeen. The camera followed his hopeless journey between prison and brief periods outside the prison walls. In 2008 the film comes to an end, leaving the now 37-year-old René as a sick man who still gets in trouble with the law and who is also the author of two published books. Director Helena Třeštíková records René’s personal developments against the backdrop of significant political transformations taking place in Central Europe. René’s story begins in prison under socialist posters, continues through the so-called Velvet Revolution of 1989 and gets a seemingly happy conclusion with the amnesty decree issued by President Václav Havel. Yet René soon heads back to prison and also celebrated our EU accession from behind the bars. During the years spent in prison – sentenced mainly for theft – René had his whole body covered in tattoos, escaped from prison only to be soon recaptured, burgled the director’s home, was involved in a couple of romantic relationships, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as well as a high IQ. René displays his outlook on life by flashing his “Fuck of People” tattoo on his neck.

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