GenreDrama, History, War Duration CountryCzechoslovakia
WriterAlois Jirasek, Jiri Brdecka, Milos Makovec Release date1956 (1956) Initial releaseMay 10, 1957 (Czechoslovakia) ScreenplayMilos Makovec, Jiri Brdecka, Otomar Krejca, Jiri Kolar CastGustav Valach (Cuirassier), Radovan Lukavsky (Jira), Alena Vranova (Baruska), Stanislav Fiser (Infantryman Vaclav), Eva Ocenasova (Peasant woman) Similar moviesMaps to the Stars, Looper, The Messengers, Werckmeister Harmonies, Children of the Corn, The Masque of the Red Death
Lost Children (Czech: Ztracenci) is a 1956 Czechoslovak historical drama anti-war film directed by Miloš Makovec and based on a Jiří Brdečka's adaption of a short story by Alois Jirásek. The film was screened in the main competition section of the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.
During a war between Austria and Prussia, three soldiers desert their units after being defeated by the Prussian army and find the shelter in a lonely farmhouse. They do not share the pacifist belief of the farmer, but they also do not want to fight anymore. After the farm house is attacked by plundering Prussian hussars, the three soldiers decide to fight and eventually die, not for glory or money or their empress, but for innocent people.