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Blind Chance (1987)
"Przypadek" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  10 January 1987 (Poland)
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Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.

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Complete credited cast:
Boguslaw Linda ...
Witek
Tadeusz Lomnicki ...
1. Werner
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ...
1. Adam
Boguslawa Pawelec ...
1. Czuszka
Marzena Trybala ...
2. Werka
Jacek Borkowski ...
2. Marek
Jacek Sas-Uhrynowski ...
2. Daniel
Adam Ferency ...
2. priest
Monika Gozdzik ...
3. Olga
Zygmunt Hübner ...
3. dean (as Zygmunt Hubner)
Irena Byrska ...
3. Ciotka
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Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Although the movie was made in 1981, it had its premiere in 1987. The delay was because of state-imposed censorship due to the film's political content. See more »

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1. Werner: Early in life it is a joy. because the light seems so near, so reachable. Finally, it brings bitterness. We can see how it has receded. I have been through much these forty years. I see that the light has receded. But I should not discourage you. You can be sure of one thing. Without that bitterness, that hope... life would be lamentable.
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A meditation on chance and fate
16 June 2005 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Blind Chance (Przypadek, 1981) is the first of Kieslowski's films to trade upon explicitly religious themes and seems to mark the beginning of the great director's turn toward introspection and the spiritual realm that so characterizes his later work (especially Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy). The Polish title could be literally translated "coincidence," an appropriate if possibly ironic title for a three-part film about a young man whose life course appears to be solely determined by his ability or inability to catch a train. Kieslowski has his doubts about such coincidences, for he described the film as "a description of the powers which meddle with our fate, which push us one way or another" (Kieslowski on Kieslowski, ed. Danusia Stok 113). Incidentally, this film inspired Peter Howitt's film Sliding Doors (1998) and Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run (1998), but to my mind, Kieslowski's is a superior film. The original tends to be the best, and he is a true original.


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