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25 August 2000 (Poland) See more »
Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jerzy Stuhr ... Zygmunt Sawicki
Anna Dymna ... Marysia Sawicka
Dominika Bednarczyk ... Bank Clerk
Blazej Wójcik ... Bank Clerk
Andrzej Franczyk ... Bank Manager
Feliks Szajnert ... Drunkard
Zbigniew Kaleta ... Photographer
Andrzej Kozak
Radoslaw Krzyzowski ... Advertising Agent
Stanislaw Banas ... Fire Chief
Piotr Dabrowski ... Fireman I
Zbigniew Rola ... Fireman II
Ewa Worytkiewicz ... Councilwoman I
Malgorzata Zabkowska ... Councilwoman II
Beata Schimscheiner ... Councilwoman III
Tomasz Schimscheiner ... Builder
Zbigniew Kosowski ... Stefaniak
Krzysztof Gluchowski ... Mayor
Katarzyna Mrózek ... Little Girl
Leszek Swigon ... Posterunkowy I
Tomasz Karolak ... Posterunkowy II
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Cielecki
Patrycja Durska
Krzysztof Gadacz
Dorota Godzic
Krzysztof Górecki
Ryszard Jasinski
Andrzej Konopka
Tadeusz Lomnicki
Ryszard Lukowski
Tomasz Medzik
Krzysztof Najbor
Krzysztof Stawowy
Dawid Zawadzki
Dorota Zieciowska ... Woman

Directed by
Jerzy Stuhr 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Krzysztof Kieslowski 
Kazimierz Orlos  story "Wielblad"

Produced by
Janusz Morgenstern .... producer
Slawomir Rogowski .... producer
Original Music by
Abel Korzeniowski 
Cinematography by
Pawel Edelman 
Film Editing by
Elzbieta Kurkowska 
Production Design by
Monika Sajko  (as Monika Sajko-Gradowska)
Set Decoration by
Monika Sajko 
Costume Design by
Elzbieta Radke 
Production Management
Jolanta Jarzecka-Sawka .... unit production manager
Jan Kaczmarski .... production manager
Adam Santura .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sylwia Czaplewska .... assistant director
Maciej Swierzawski .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Nikodem Wolk-Laniewski .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bartosz Blaschke .... electrician
Pawel Chiczewski .... electrician
Cezary Lisowski .... gaffer
Wojciech Szepel .... camera operator

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Also Known As:
"Duze zwierze" - Poland (original title)
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73 min
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Ship of the desert a long way from home, 22 December 2002
Author: david annetts from Sydney, town without camels

Director and star of this quirky black comedy Jerzy Stuhr well Illustrates the tedium and blandness of life in a small town with the stark black and white of this film about the peace being disturbed when the chief protagonist adopts a camel from a circus annoying the townsfolk and exacerbating the situation by refusing to let his new friend be exploited for commercial gain. This shows all too well how difficult if not impossible it is to stand out in such a small minded and hypocritical environment. Something I think Jack Nicholson said in `Easy rider` about people being afraid of real freedom springs to mind.

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