19-year-old Tomek whiles away his lonely life by spying on his opposite neighbour Magda through binoculars. She's an artist in her mid-thirties, and appears to have everything - not least a... See full summary »
Weronika lives in Poland. Véronique lives in Paris. They don't know each other. Weronika gets a place in a music school, works hard, but collapses and dies on her first performance. At this... See full summary »
Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife is initially bewildered by the strange and unexpected animal, her husband immediately... See full summary »
The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »
Romek, an idealistc 19-year-old boy, takes a job as a tailor in the costume department of a Warsaw theater company where his new colleague, Sowa, is pressured to make a costume for an ... See full summary »
Filmed in 1976 and shelved for five years. A young man in his twenties leaves prison after a three-year sentence. He wants to start a new life in a place where he is not known and dreams ... See full summary »
I have one good characteristic: I'm a pessimist, so I always imagine the worst, always. To me, the future is a black hole. We have talked about fear, if I fear something it's the future. It frightens me.
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I'm so-so is a documentary which works primarily because of the interesting subject and his familiarity with its director. It runs for 50+ minutes but is strategically divided into implicit chapters, each bookmarked by a short visual of Krzysztof Kieslowski saying how he feels that morning. Kieslowski, for the relatively short amount of time he made films, became a darling of the serious cinema buff. He created characters that had immense depth in their respective, flawed lives.
With I'm so-so, Krzysztof Wierzbicki (a one-time assistant to Kieslowski) picks individual films of his and works his way through some of the philosophies and ideas associated with them. Films like Camera Buff and Blind Chance are lesser known of Kieslowski's works and they get quite a bit of interest here. They somehow skip past much of Decalogue and the Red and White parts of the Colour Trilogy. But that is not really a major problem. Kieslowski displays a lively sense of humour and appears very comfortable talking about his films. Along with Werner Herzog's My Best Fiend, this is a great film about films and is a must-watch for all film students - serious or otherwise.
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