In the early 1950s, a 10-year-old boy moves to Warsaw to stay with his bourgeois aunt. In spite of harsh Stalinist times, they are both fascinated by horses.

Director:

Reviews
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bogowie (2014)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The early career of cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa. Despite harsh reality of the 1980s Poland, he successfully leads a team of doctors to the country's first human heart transplantation.

Director: Lukasz Palkowski
Stars: Tomasz Kot, Piotr Glowacki, Szymon Piotr Warszawski
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two sisters. Two ways of life. One family drama.

Director: Kinga Debska
Stars: Agata Kulesza, Gabriela Muskala, Marcin Dorocinski
Camouflage (1977)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul-Podlasky
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cynical doctor, who is dying of cancer, would like to know the meaning of his life. He has to fight for it or just get ready for death.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Bradecki
Pigs (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In good old days Franz Maurer and his partners from secret police used to live like kings. Now, they all must adapt to new post-communist environment where they are scorned and losing all ... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Marek Kondrat, Cezary Pazura
Camera Buff (1979)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zabkowska, Ewa Pokas
Kroll (1991)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Stars: Olaf Lubaszenko, Boguslaw Linda, Dariusz Kordek
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders
Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado
Paradigma (1985)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Voelz, studente di teologia in una cittadina del centro Europa, è fermamente convinto della esistenza del Bene e della Grazia. Dopo averla conosciuta da vicino, si innamora della moglie di ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Benjamin Völz, Vittorio Gassman, Marie-Christine Barrault
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man is facing death of his mother. A petty corruption at his job leads to him being framed and robbed of his only desire to climb mountains in Himalayas, as his father did and where he died.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Tadeusz Bradecki, Zofia Mrozowska, Malgorzata Zajaczkowska
The Touch (1992)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Henry Kesdi is a silenced classical composer and a survivor of the Holocaust. He is coaxed out from retirement by an inspired musicologist, Stefan, who convinces him to compose a complex ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Max von Sydow, Lothaire Bluteau, Sarah Miles
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Shortly after WWII an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to USA and both expect that she will soon follow him. Emilia's ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Maja Komorowska, Scott Wilson, Hanna Skarzanka
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Aunt Ida Dobrowolska
Bartosz Obuchowicz ...
Hubert
Karolina Wajda ...
Rozmaryna
...
Ksawery
Piotr Szwedes ...
Dominik
...
Rotmistrz
Halina Gryglaszewska ...
Idalia's aunt
Slawomira Lozinska ...
Hubert's mother
...
Justyna Winewar - minister's wife
Krystyna Bigelmajer ...
Teacher
...
Headmaster
Grzegorz Warchol ...
LZS leader
Jan Prochyra ...
Ubek
Stephen Kember ...
British diplomat
...
Prosecutor
Edit

Storyline

In the early 1950s, a 10-year-old boy moves to Warsaw to stay with his bourgeois aunt. In spite of harsh Stalinist times, they are both fascinated by horses.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

29 April 1996 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

At Full Gallop  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The story of some good people with a 'bourgeois' love of horses under repressive PZPR Stalinism
7 April 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"Cwal" ("At Full Gallop" or "In Full Gallop"), is the story of a collection of good people living under the USSR-supported Stalinist-Communist single-party government of the Polish United Worker's Party (the 'Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza', or the 'PZPR') in the former 'People's Republic of Poland' (the 'Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa', or the 'PRL'), a satellite state of the Soviet Union.

This film, apparently largely based on the real childhood experiences of the director, Krzysztof Zanussi Zanussi (1939-, "Persona non grata" (2005), "Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease" (2000)), shows just some of the suffering caused by the misguided Communist politics of 'class' envy and the resentment of 'bourgeois' hobbies in the former Eastern bloc (see Ksawery).

The good people of Poland are repeatedly denied and repressed as when Hubert is not permitted by the state to accept harmless packages from his father in England and when his eccentric Aunt Idalia (the beautiful and talented Maja Komorowska of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Dekalog, jeden" and "Dekalog, dwa" (1989), Zanussi's "Kontrakt" (1980) and Andrzej Wajda's "Wesele" (1973) fame...) cannot easily (or legally) indulge in her 'bourgeois' passion of horse riding without winning the assistance of an ironically overfed government Minister or a pompous 'Socialist hero' the type of General Rossokovsky.

I would highly recommend this very entertaining and emotive film to anyone, including - no, especially - the Socialists of all parties.


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Cwal (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?