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17 November 1980 (Poland) See more »
The events take place in a villa of a wealthy doctor on the occasion of the family wedding. The young... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Maja Komorowska ... Dorota, Adam's Wife

Tadeusz Lomnicki ... Adam Ostoja-Okedzki
Magdalena Jarosz ... Lilka Bartoszuk (as Magda Jaroszowna)
Krzysztof Kolberger ... Piotr Ostoja-Okedzki
Nina Andrycz ... Olga Aleksandrowa
Zofia Mrozowska ... Maria
Beata Tyszkiewicz ... Nina

Janusz Gajos ... Boleslaw Bartoszuk
Edward Linde-Lubaszenko ... Zygmunt (as Edward Lubaszenko)
Ignacy Machowski ... Adam's Friend
Christine Paul-Podlasky ... Patrycja (as Christine Paul)
Peter Bonke ... Sven

Leslie Caron ... Penelope
Irena Byrska ... Nanny
Jolanta Kozak-Sutowicz ... Weronika (as Jolanta Kozak)
Maciej Robakiewicz ... Patrycja's Boyfriend
Jerzy Swiech ... Priest
Bozena Dykiel ... Ewa

Liliana Komorowska ... Ballet Dancer (as Liliana Glabczynska)
Laura Lacz ... Ballet Dancer
Krystyna Sznerr-Mierzejewska ... Singer (as Krystyna Sznerr)
Jan Jurewicz ... Zenek
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jadwiga Colonna-Walewska
Agata Rzeszewska
Wiktor Zborowski ... Wedding Guest

Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ... Man in Phonebooth (uncredited)

Directed by
Krzysztof Zanussi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Krzysztof Zanussi 

Original Music by
Wojciech Kilar 
Cinematography by
Slawomir Idziak 
Film Editing by
Urszula Sliwinska 
Art Direction by
Tadeusz Wybult 
Costume Design by
Anna B. Sheppard  (as Anna Biedrzycka)
Makeup Department
Irena Bak .... assistant makeup artist
Krystyna Chmielewska .... makeup artist
Halina Sienska .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tadeusz Drewno .... production manager
Art Department
Gabriela Allina .... additional art director
Teresa Gruber .... additional art director
Joanna Lelanow .... additional art director
Maciej Maria Putowski .... additional art director (as Maciej Putowski)
Sound Department
Wieslawa Dembinska .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nina Ricci .... costume designer: Leslie Caron
Editorial Department
Ewa Smal .... assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"Kontrakt" - Poland (original title)
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114 min | Argentina:110 min
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Movies can change your life., 5 September 1999
Author: Jim McCann from Newark, California, USA

I absolutely loved this film; in fact I recommend it to all my friends; but it doesn't seem to be included in the Foreign Film sections at any video store in the U.S. As with Ingmar Bergmann there are many thematic layers to a Zanussi film; and this one has several subtle messages that are central to the development of plot and characterization. There is the obvious theme of corruption and hypocrisy. It takes place during a few weeks in Poland a year before Communism collapses. There is veiled criticism of the Party and the wider social structure, including Zanussis beloved Catholic Church. Only the Solidarity movement seems unscathed. However on a larger platform, Zanussi is pointing us to the deeper themes of family and basic human nature and even the chaos and redeeming quality of Nature itself. When the faults and foibles of the many Chekovian cast of characters is focused by the would-be bride; we find denial, despair and finally hope. The same truths that drive the groom mad; leads the bride to a greater awareness of the essential strength of love. I have not told any details of the plot, and the humorous events that somehow become very serious. This is the framework that Zanussi places the story. A couple living together see the benefits of making an official "contract" of marriage. The simple plan backfires when parents on both sides see the opportunities to exploit the event. The loyalties to Church; Party as well as to family are tested and ultimately rejected.

Leslie Caron has a key role as an Englishwoman (?) who has a problem that everyone would like to sweep under the rug like the little dogs defecation. When one person shouts - "This Stinks", it is like the child who is honest enough to call the Emperor naked! I saw the film at just the time I needed to stand up and also proclaim - "This situation really reeks!"

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