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Jovita (1967)
"Jowita" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  11 June 1970 (USA)
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Marek is a young athlete involved with too many women until the day he met Jowita, an enigmatic and beautiful woman. After meeting at a ball, they set up a date but things doesn't go his ... See full summary »

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Marek Arens
Barbara Lass ...
Agnieszka 'Jowita' (as Barbara Kwiatkowska)
Kalina Jedrusik ...
Helena Ksiezakowa
Ignacy Gogolewski ...
Michal Podgórski
Anna Halcewicz ...
Dorota (as Anna Pleskaczewska)
Iga Cembrzynska ...
Prostitute Lola
Ewa Ciepiela ...
Alina
Leopold R. Nowak ...
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Leokadia Pilarska ...
Szymaniak's Neighbour
Marian Cebulski ...
Lola's Friend
Ryszard Filipski ...
Sgt. Kosmala
Aleksander Fogiel ...
Dr. Plucinski
Cezary Kasznia
Zbigniew Cybulski ...
Edward Ksiezak
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Marek is a young athlete involved with too many women until the day he met Jowita, an enigmatic and beautiful woman. After meeting at a ball, they set up a date but things doesn't go his way and he still keeps obsessed about her. When they meet again, she presents herself with a different name, adding that Jowita is a friend of hers. Now that they are more involved, Marek still wonders who is Jowita. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Sports and Noir and Violin and Romance
28 January 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

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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