Polish Wedding (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 July 1998 (USA)
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The film centers on a big Polish family. Jadzia is the mother and the ruler of the Pzoniak family (she has five children). Though she's happily married to Bolek, she is also having a ... See full summary »


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The film centers on a big Polish family. Jadzia is the mother and the ruler of the Pzoniak family (she has five children). Though she's happily married to Bolek, she is also having a long-time affair with Roman. Her young daughter Hala is having an affair with neighbour cop Russell and becomes pregnant by him. Russell is pressed hard to marry Hala. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes the further you stray, the closer you are to home.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sensuality and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amori & segreti  »

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Opening Weekend:

$92,055 (USA) (17 July 1998)


$563,143 (USA) (14 August 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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First screen appearance by 'Veronica Mars' star Kristen Bell, as an uncredited teen neighbor. See more »


Apparently set in the late 70s/early 80s, a late-model Dodge truck can be seen as Russell follows Hala home in his police car. See more »


Jadzia Pzoniak: Nothing is more sacred to me than this - making life and love. That is my religion.
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It's hard enough to "do as I say, not as I do", but when you do nothing and say less where are the children then.
4 May 2001 | by (Hamilton, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Maybe old world and new world values speak in unison sounding odd in my ear. This year-in-the-life of a working class family challenges my sense of propriety and my beliefs. It feels like Father Knows best, but father, Bolek Pzoniak played by a brooding Gabriel Byrne, spends most of his time by the window smoking when he is not at work in the bakery "She makes babies; I make bread." he says to his only daughter in what is supposed to be a close and warm moment of vulnerability. The film preaches to us, through the mother, Jadzia Pzoniak played by Lena Olin, of babies, property, and family as life's true riches, and she is the undisputed "queen of her castle". She passes such pearls of wisdom to her daughter, Hala Pzoniak played by Claire Danes, as "A family with out a man is chaos", yet she cheats on her husband.

I think the problem with the film is that there is no plot per say, there is just a series of events to which we are witness, and a series of resolutions to these problems that lack authenticity. The daughter is as promiscuous as the mother, but the father tolerates this in the mother because, as he tells his daughter, "who else will make my breakfast". But we get every indication through the behavior of the daughter that he would not tolerate it in her. Every scene of "noble" behavior by the members of the family follows in response to a crisis born of their own hypocritical behavior.

This is a poor and dismal film, and I will only add this, unprotected sexual intercourse with strangers, has always had much more terrible consequences for women than they have for men. To paint a picture that such behavior is at most a minor thing resolved by patience and short intimate conversations in closets is not only ridiculous, but irresponsible.

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