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Stefan Bednarz
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Vorsitzender
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Bednarz's assistant
Jan Skotnicki
Stanislaw Igar ...
Minister
Stanislaw Michalski
Michal Tarkowski ...
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Andrzej Skupien
Halina Winiarska ...
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Joanna Orzeszkowska ...
Eva - Bednarz's Daughter
Jadwiga Bryniarska ...
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Secretary (as A. Holland)
Malgorzata Lesniewska ...
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Asja Lamtiugina ...
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Ryszard Bacciarelli ...
(as R. Bacciarelli)
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1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the construction. He used to live in the small town where the factory is to be built, his wife used to be a Party activist there, and he has unpleasant memories of it. But he sets to the task in the belief that he will build a place where people will live and work well. His intentions and convictions, however, conflict with those of the townspeople who are primarily concerned with their short-term needs. Disillusioned, Bednarz gives up his post. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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5 February 2002 | by (Tampere, Finland) – See all my reviews

I only got the idea of this movie on the second time I saw it. It is actually like a documentary of a fictious character (or who knows he didn't exist) living in a socialist Poland who is being commissioned to conduct a new chemical factory. The movie shows quite realistic portrait of a man who tries to keep his values in order in the middle of all corruption and chaos of different social movements of the time. The movie doesn't go into any character's side actually, but tries to display the difficulties of the system and how an individual is powerless in many ways.

The storytelling is very slow and at times a bit jumpy. The music scenes of the movie, that are very rare, are quite bizarre, almost eerie.

I cannot recommend the movie to anyone who tend to fall asleep in slow dramas, but those who like other Kieslowsky films or documentaries of socialism, this is an interesting flick.


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