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.

Walking Too Fast is described as 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 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. His psychological issues cause him breathing problems and Doctor advises him to breathe into a Bag if he gets fit.

Antonín and his partner Martin surveillance Tomáš and Pavel. They are both of them Dissidents but Pavel is also collaborating with Antonín and Martin. Antonín finds out that married Tomáš has a lover Klára. Antonín becomes interested in her. He secretly follows her and uses his authority to protect her. He beats a Guy who bothers her or prevents her Boss from firing her because of her links to Dissent. He also pushes Tomáš to leave the Republic to get rid of him. He beats him during interrogations and reveals his affair toh his family and Tomáš finally decides to leave Czechoslovakia.

Antonín forces Pavel to arrange meeting with Klára in exchange for seeing his File. Pavel then meets Antonín’s Partner Martin to reveal him the Agreement he made with Antonín. Martin states that Antonín is done at StB but doesn’t know that Antonín is aware of their meeting and lures Martin to the Woods where he attacks him and threatns him with Gun. Martin begs him for Life and Antonín Handcuffes him to a Tree.

Martin and Klára meets in Pavel’s Appartment. The meeting doesn’t end well and Antonín gets a fit so he ha breathes to Bag which causes Klára to realise that Antonín is the Agent who terrorised Tomáš. She finds out that he followed her and admits that she felt as if somebody was watching her for a long time. Antoní reveals her his name and she sais tha he has to stop watching her.

Klára leaves the appartment but writes a message for Pavel on the Wall - "Svině" (Swine). Klára comes across Ambulance that loads her friend Darina and so she boards in but looks around if anybody watches her. The film ends with Antonín waking up at the Lakeside. Audience can now hear his thoughts as he enters the Lake and goes deeper and deeper. He thinks aabout who he was and hopes that Klára will remember his Name. In the end he states "It is beautiful here" as he kills himself.



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 has 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 where 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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