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Barrier (1966)

Bariera (original title)
A rebellious student wants to get total independence and overcome all the barriers in his life: of money, age, status, cults and conventions. However, he meets a girl with completely different ideals.

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Joanna Szczerbic ...
Tram Driver
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Protagonist
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Doctor
Maria Malicka ...
Cleaning Lady
Zdzislaw Maklakiewicz ...
Paper Seller
Ryszard Pietruski ...
Oberwaiter
Bogdan Baer ...
Man at the Bar / Car Driver
Henryk Bak ...
Doctor Campaigning Blood Donation
Marta Dutkiewicz
Stefan Friedmann ...
Tram Driver Asking for Help
B. Gutewicz
Ryszarda Hanin ...
Depot Shift Manager
Andrzej Herder ...
Manius
Malgorzata Lorentowicz ...
Apartment Owner
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Eddy
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A rebellious student wants to get total independence and overcome all the barriers in his life: of money, age, status, cults and conventions. However, he meets a girl with completely different ideals.

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Magical
5 April 2005 | by (Osaka, Japan) – See all my reviews

Barrier is comparable to Last Year at Marienbad with its non-linear development, mysterious characters and inexplicable mis-en-scene. It also shares the guerrilla film-making style of the French New Wave. It is one of Skolimowski's best.

The film follows a newly graduated medical student in his pursuit of an unattainable woman. He follows her through the streets of 60s Poland where spontaneous dance parties and candle-light rituals erupt.

A dream-like meditation on post-industrial life in Communist Poland. Filled with exquisite, unforgettable images, this masterpiece will hopefully find its way onto DVD soon.


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