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Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (short story)
Zbigniew Kaminski (screenplay)
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30 May 1979 (France) See more »
Set in the late '20s. A thirtyish young man, who heads a small factory, faints at the funeral of a close friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Daniel Olbrychski ... Wiktor Ruben

Anna Seniuk ... Julcia

Maja Komorowska ... Jola

Stanislawa Celinska ... Zosia

Krystyna Zachwatowicz ... Kazia
Christine Pascal ... Tunia

Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ... Julcia's Husband

Zofia Jaroszewska ... Wiktor's Aunt

Tadeusz Bialoszczynski ... Wiktor's Uncle

Paul Guers ... Jola's Husband (as Paul Dutron)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazimierz Brodzikowski ... Butler
Andrzej Grzybowski

Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz ... Himself
Filip Jasienski ... Kazia's Son
Witold Kaluski ... Coachman
Jolanta Kozak-Sutowicz

Andrzej Lapicki ... Doctor
Halina Michalska

Kazimierz Orzechowski ... Priest
Edward Ozana
Joanna Poraska ... Mother
Alina Rostkowska
Barbara Stepniakówna

Andrzej Szenajch ... Guest
Anna Wachnicka ... Julcia's Daughter
Malgorzata Wachnicka ... Julcia's Daughter

Krystyna Wolanska

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz  short story
Zbigniew Kaminski  screenplay

Cinematography by
Edward Klosinski 
Film Editing by
Halina Prugar-Ketling 
Production Design by
Allan Starski 
Set Decoration by
Maria Osiecka-Kuminek 
Costume Design by
Wieslawa Starska 
Makeup Department
Grazyna Dabrowska .... makeup artist
Anna Wlodarczyk .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tony Molière .... production manager
Barbara Pec-Slesicka .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Krystyna Grochowicz .... assistant director
Jolanta Jedynak .... assistant director
Magdalena Lazarkiewicz .... assistant director (as Magdalena Holland)
Marek Netzel .... assistant director
Sound Department
Piotr Zawadzki .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bohdan Borewicz .... assistant camera
Irek Hartowicz .... camera operator (as Ireneusz Hartowicz)
Janusz Kalicinski .... camera operator
Renata Pajchel .... still photographer
Jerzy Tomczuk .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Barbara Grodner .... assistant editor
Music Department
Anna Grabowska .... music supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Panny z Wilka" - Poland (original title)
"The Girl from Wilko" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"The Maidens of Wilko" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"The Young Ladies of Wilko" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"Young Girls of Wilko" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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118 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, author of a original novel "Panny z Wilka" (1932 r.) appears two times in a movie as older man with glasses.See more »
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I Koncert skrzypcowy op. 35See more »


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Happiness as utopia, 31 March 2017
Author: federovsky from bangkok

Chekhovian drama of simmering but subtle sexual politics as a rural household of ladies post WWI is thrown into emotional turmoil at the reappearance after a number of years of an eligible friend and neighbour. The women, with one exception, are not young but at that touchy, tragic age when they are clinging to the last traces of their good looks. There are five of them, apparently sisters, several with failed marriages, now with nothing to do but laze around their fine country home.

The film works quite well as a study of such women, but it's really about Victor, a man in failing health and with intimations of mortality, who is on a solemn Tolstoyan quest for meaning. His emptiness is clearly linked to failed opportunities with women - they begin to suspect there is a particular reason. Walled in by his own weakness, regret, and resignation, the sudden attentions of all the women only throws him into more confusion. Comprised largely of social visits, there's a nice period atmosphere and the whole thing is understated, sombre and faintly tragic. Quite a fine film.

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