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Day of the Wacko (2002)

Dzien swira (original title)
24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions.

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Janina Traczykówna ...
Matka
Andrzej Grabowski ...
Sasiad
Michal Koterski ...
Syn Sylwus
Joanna Sienkiewicz ...
Byla zona
Monika Donner-Trelinska ...
Ela
Aleksander Bednarz ...
Sasiad z dolu
Zbigniew Buczkowski ...
Dozorca koszacy trawnik
Dorota Chotecka ...
Wlascicielka psa w pociagu
Maria Ciunelis ...
Wariatka w pociagu
Krystyna Czubówna ...
Spikerka
Bozena Dykiel ...
Wlascicielka psa
Piotr Fronczewski ...
Lekarz w TV
Anna Gornostaj ...
Klientka w kiosku
Joanna Jedrejek ...
Dziewczyna reklamujaca 'wyciag z fiuta'
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It is a bitter story about a middle-aged man who hates his life, other people and ultimately himself. Adam Miauczynski, the character known from director Marek Koterski's previous films, is a 49 year-old teacher who reads poetry during school lessons and later goes home swearing and calling his neighbours' names. The worst pain for him is the next 5 minutes of living. He doesn't accept himself and even everyday contacts with others cause his aggression. Though constantly dreaming of a romantic love, he is not bold enough to make his dreams come true. Written by PL

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To be, kurwa, or not to be ("To be, for fuck sake, or not to be")

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7 June 2002 (Poland)  »

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The protagonist's son is played by the director's real-life son Michal Koterski. See more »

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When we see the dog shitting under Adam's balcony, it firstly does it on thick, green grass but in the later scene when the dog is with a woman, it stands on bare ground without any grass. See more »

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Adam Miauczynski: My dear friend on this journey. You built this dark mound to lead the life of a termite. Protected from the sunlight. Closed in your sad rigid rituals. Even if they make you mad, these rituals became your shield against the winds, the waves, against stars and feelings. Every day you struggle to forget your human condition. The clay you are molded from has dried out and hardened. No one will ever find in you an astronomer, musician, altruist, poet or human who lived for even one day.
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16 September 2005 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

On the contrary to many previous critiques of "Dzien Swira" ("Day of the Wacko"), I would like to add my opinion which I believe is rather objective and certainly true for all who understand the pillar of it's meaning and purpose of director's view. This movie apart Koterski's location is widely describing human social habits and it's showing how seeking of life's purpose might poison social behavior. Marek Koterski definitely outreaches "Nic Smiesznego" ("Nothing funny") vision in Wacko. Every single scene including those containing dirty words and actions is describing how predictable people are under defined circumstances and how dumb we might be even while having so much knowledge and theoretical understanding of feelings. Everlasting seeking for perfection clearly illustrated by dreaming of Ela, main character frustration on payday or subordination and blind following alternated by opposing to his mother are just few examples. Adam, sky high above all his neighbors or travel mates is probably being seen as recluse but he doesn't see his problem, he is concentrated on "me, myself and I". This movie is about loneliness and warns viewers to not to elevate walls separating them from society. When watching "Day of the Wacko" with this point of view in mind you might be surprised how much of Wacko you have in yourself. And it's deep deserves 10.


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