At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ... See full summary »
Inspired by true events from the 1970s, the story revolves around a young detective who becomes the head of a police unit focused on catching a rampant serial killer of women, nicknamed 'The Silesian Vampire'.
A young doctor is tired of being sought by women. One night he meets a young girl who all but forces herself into his room where they talk of morals and love. But he loses her when he goes ... See full summary »
An actress travels from Warsaw to Paris and during the trip reflects on the last few years of her life. It goes back to the German occupation and her hiding of a fellow actor who has ... See full summary »
A man hops off a train by the small town where he claims he was before. His presence allows to bring out the inner feelings and beliefs of the inhabitants. A man who has hidden through all ... See full summary »
During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.
A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the ... See full summary »
Ewa Bonecka, a young student about to start school in a new place finds herself without a place to sleep after she is declined a room in a women-only hotel. Helped by a pleasant policeman, ... See full summary »
The story of a well-known artistic family: legendary painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, his wife Zofia and their son Tomasz, a highly-praised music critic and translator. Their lives were far from being usual.
Jan P. Matuszynski
What shall I call this film, the closest I can perhaps get is sports noir, and trust me, I am not kidding. The movie has a great story, combining sports and mystery beautifully, and the style and atmosphere deeply resonate with elements of film noir. Yes, there is no crime or money, at least not perceptibly, but this definitely has an overtone of moral crimes that lies at the center of the drama. The story follows Marek Arens' (an ace runner) quest and his slow demystification of an enigma named Jowita, an illusive girl he meets fleetingly at a party. Slowly his search consumes him, and gradually, in his restlessness, Marek starts sacrificing himself. He is caught between reality and illusion(?) and this exact feeling is captured by the director perfectly. Various closeups of ladies never lets you relax, you can never ignore the omnipresence of Jowita; several characters are introduced who create doubts in your mind; the music has a tense quality (btw, I think the Skyfall theme has been ripped from this theme) and the orchestra (and the superb violinist) adds to the gripping atmosphere. In between all the tension, and love, sometimes solicited sometimes not, Marek starts to lose himself and tries to draw away from racing. Enter Zbigniew Cybulski with a powerhouse cameo that I absolutely loved. Actually I found a distinct flavor in how the behaviors, conversations and attitudes of sports people is captured and how that becomes an intricate part of Marek's journey. "Life is an Olympics" alright! The film is also very much about the nature of romance and it actually outlines the diverse nature of love and how, sometimes, it can be torturous to choose between fantasy and reality.
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