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Day of the Wacko (2002)
"Dzien swira" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  7 June 2002 (Poland)
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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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Marek Kondrat ...
Adas
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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An great movie, must see
28 March 2004 | by (Warsaw, Poland) – See all my reviews

Dzien Swira ( Day of the freak) is Koterski's latest addition to an already impressive portfolio. Like his other semi-autobiographical move titled Nic Smiesznego ( nothing funny), Dzien Swira records the inner dialogue & the prose of a single day in the life of Adam Miauczynski, a character based on M. Koterski. Miauczynski, like Koterski, is an compulsive-obsessive, excentric, bitter & disillusioned individual caught in Poland's post communist reality, a reality as Ill suited to him as the communist one was. One of the reasons why Koterski's work is either loved or intensly disliked by Poles, is the painfully acurate description of polish hell, made all the more vivid by his insistance on showing the trivial & at the same time essential moments of daily life in excruciating detail. life is all the more hell when the damned are aware that life could be different, and this is what makes Miauczynski's suffering all the more real. A number of the scenes are classics, unequalled by any of Koterski's contemporaries, especially the scenes depicting Miauczynski's relationship with his son, the senate, train toilet and street demonstration scenes.

It is unfortuante for the western viewer that the context & language of the film make it very difficult to translate adequatly, refering as it does to polish classical literature, contemporary culture and nigh-untranslatable street slang, the contrast being all the more vivid, since Miauczynski is a Polish literature lecturer obsessed with what he percieves to be the decay of the language he loves.

If I were to compare Koterski to any western director, it would be to Britain's Mike Leigh. An insane Mike leigh with an infectious sense of humour & a penchant for social commentary.

All in all, This is Koterski's finest work to date, perhaps the finest Polish film in the last 5 years. My rating is a solid 8/10


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