Lost in the Suburbs

Lost in the Suburbs
Directed by Martin Frič
Starring Karel Höger
Cinematography Karl Degl
Edited by Jan Kohout
Release dates
  • 1948 (1948)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Czechoslovakia
Language Czech

Lost in the Suburbs (Czech: Návrat domů, alternative english title: Homecoming) is a 1948 Czechoslovak drama film starring Karel Höger about soldiers returning from World War II. Based on the story written by Leopold Lahola the movie was directed by Martin Frič.[1] Though some critics are ranking this movie among Top 10 of Frič's fruitfull filmography, at the time of its release the film met mostly negative reviews and even today is still ignored by publishers as well as by public. Probably due to the depressive nature of the movie's story.[2]


The story begins on 16 May 1945. The war is over, citizens of Prague cheer the Czechoslovak soldiers returning from Eastern front. As soon as the military parade is over, they see that the return to the peaceful life is no way easy. And for the first lieutenant Kliment Mareš (Karel Höger), the only native of Prague in his unit, there is no reason to celebrate the peace because as he step by step finds out all his pre-war life is ruined: his mother and sister were executed by nazis and their flat is inhabited by strangers, his friends from club either died or emigrated, and his former girlfriend already married another man.

When Mareš realizes that the men and women from his unit are the only family left, he gratefully welcomes the new orders and leaves Prague - to recapture the Sudetenland.



  1. "Návrat domů". csfd.cz. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  2. Zýková, Veronika (2 April 2012). "Návrat domů". 25fps.cz. Retrieved 21 November 2016.

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