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Big Animal (2000)

Duze zwierze (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 August 2000 (Poland)
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 »

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Zygmunt Sawicki
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Marysia Sawicka
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Andrzej Franczyk ...
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Feliks Szajnert ...
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Zbigniew Kaleta ...
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Andrzej Kozak
Radoslaw Krzyzowski ...
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Ewa Worytkiewicz ...
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Beata Schimscheiner ...
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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 adopts it as a pet. As the man and his new companion take their daily walks in the village, neighbors are drawn to the odd sight and approach him about riding the camel or using it for any number of purposes. He declines to exploit or capitalize on the friendly animal, and is met with barely veiled hostility. In time, the camel becomes a burden on both the town and the man, who's edged out of community affairs and lives on shaky ground with his wife. Written by nitorch

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a nice, outlandish story
22 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw "Duze zwierze" (called "Big Animal" in English) at the 2001 Portland International Film Festival. It's a funky, rather nonsensical story of Zygmunt Sawicki (Jerzy Stuhr) finding a camel in his Polish village and adopting the lost animal.

I guess that it would be kind of neat to find something so unusual in a nowheres-ville. Maybe the movie has no major artistic value in the grand scheme of things, but it's still pretty funny. Yes, despite the many hardships that Poland has endured throughout its history, they can still make comedies.

Now that I've watched this Polish movie, I feel that I should try to watch more of them.


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