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Talking Heads (1980)
"Gadajace glowy" (original title)

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People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life.

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Who are we? When we were born? What do we want from life?
9 March 2011 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In "Gadajace glowy" ("Talking Heads") Krzysztof Kieslowski filmed people of all ages and asked them when they were born, what they are, and what they would like the most in life. The film assembles their responses with straight cuts from youngest to oldest (starting with a baby and ending with a lady of 100 years-old), and with their birth years appearing on screen, going from 1979 until 1880.

But what's so fascinating about this short documentary is how the things said by all the people interviewed are the same things most people, all around the globe, want in their lives, so the film proves that we have a common goal in different stages of life. A kid answers that all he wants in life is to have a car, later a grow man still doesn't know what he wants for his life except to know what it is to be a human being, some people share great aspects of their lives and others a more reserved, quite sad opinions, but in the end all of their statements is to tell that they expect of life better and good things.

It's a very positive film in its simple achievement, way better than "49 Up" a documentary that followed the lives of a bunch of individuals and most of them succeeding in what they were destined to be, others don't. In these last one, I haven't found much use of the information provided, it was depressive and almost pointless. It's good but very forgettable. Now, "Gadajace glowy" is very good and Kieslowski makes a universal work (even though the people interviewed are Polish) that resonates life as it is. Complex and simple at the same time, all people want the same things out of it (and you'll be identified with most of the answers given) but something makes us closer of our destiny, other times very distant, almost impossible. For everything that stands it's a great and unforgettable documentary. Thumbs UP! 10/10


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