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Duze zwierze (2000)

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
Dominika Bednarczyk ...
Bank Clerk
Blazej Wójcik ...
Bank Clerk
Andrzej Franczyk ...
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Feliks Szajnert ...
Drunkard
Zbigniew Kaleta ...
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Andrzej Kozak
Radoslaw Krzyzowski ...
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Stanislaw Banas ...
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Piotr Dabrowski ...
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Zbigniew Rola ...
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Ewa Worytkiewicz ...
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Malgorzata Zabkowska ...
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Councilwoman III
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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 gentle fable
22 September 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a deceptively simple morality tale that punches well above its weight. It's a short film that nonetheless unfolds at an unhurried pace, building by degrees to a sad and beautiful close. The final scene -- an exquisite coda to this clear-eyed essay on human behaviour -- is worth the price of admission alone. The director has handsomely acquitted his debt to Kieslowski's script. It's a great shame that the movie is not currently available on video/DVD.


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