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19 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Michal Sulecki (Boguslaw Linda) breaks up with his wife Linda (Dorota Segda). In the middle of an ensuing divorce is Kasia (Ola Maliszewska), a 10 year old child with an immense musical talent. Despite Linda being diagnosed mentally unstable the court case ends up with Kasia being given over to the mother. With Linda sent off to a mental institution the real caretaker becomes Linda's mother. Michal has no intention to allow this state of affairs to persist...

The movie has immense promise and deals with the unsung issue of mothers having more rights than fathers in modern courts, especially in Eastern European countries where motherhood is sanctity. The subject matter is very intense and could be made into a deep meaningful movie. However this directorial debut of camera operator Maciej Slesicki is a very badly made movie. Instead of sticking with the main course it delves into thriller, horror and absurd humour, which just doesn't fit with the overall feel of the movie (including some in-jokes towards the movie business).

The movie ending is the coup de etat of bad filmmaking... And basically makes you feel that the director is a chauvinist pig with a deep resentment towards women. All women are portrayed very stereotypically and most of the presentations make them into stupid dumb nagging broads. The only characters fleshed out are unsurprisingly men and you can't help but feel that in this movie dealing with men's rights a woman's touch in the script would do a world of good.

All in all it watches like a soapy manifest of the poor depraved modern man. Despite the intriguing first 30 minutes it all goes downhill with the bad direction and the unresolved issues concerning the ego of Mr Slesicki.

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