Walking Too Fast

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Walking Too Fast
Film poster
Directed by Radim Špaček
Written by Ondřej Štindl
Starring Ondřej Malý
Music by Tomáš Vtípil
Cinematography Jaromír Kačer
Edited by Anna Ryndová
Distributed by Bontonfilm
Release dates
  • 3 October 2009 (2009-10-03) (Ostrava Film Festival)
  • 4 February 2010 (2010-02-04)
Running time
146 minutes
Country Czech Republic
Language Czech

Walking Too Fast (Czech: Pouta, literally handcuffs or bonds) is a Czech Thriller and drama film directed by Radim Špaček. It was released in 2010. It is a psychological story about relations between secret police (StB) and dissident movement, set in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. The film was likened to the German film The Lives of Others.


The story revolves around Antonín Rusnák who is an StB agent. He feels rage towards the world. He feels sick and bored from his family and work. He becomes interested in unreachable Klára. As he tries to get her he starts to break rules of the system he is supposed to protect. But his revolt is not a civic or political gesture but clearly personal and furious.

Walking Too Fast is a dark thriller with unpredictable protagonist who becomes dangerous to all people around including himself. His way to reach the goal is self-destructive.



The film gained 13 nominations for Czech Lion. It received 5 of them - Best film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Actor in Leading Role. Film also received The Film Critics' Award.

Walking Too Fast also succeeded at Czech Film Critics Awards. The film was awarded in categories Best film, Best director, Best Screenplay, est Actor in Leading Role and RWE award.


The film won universal acclaim from critics in the Czech Republic. Out of all Czech films Walking too fast is number one on Czech movie aggregator Kinobox.cz wher it holds 87% from critics.[3] František Fuka considers it to be the best Czech film in a few last years if not the best since the Velvet revolution. The film also gained positive reception from audience.it currently holds 74% on Czech-Slovak Film Database.[4]


International festivals[edit]

Film was shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Warsaw International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, East European Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.


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