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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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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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Remade as Protest Day (2012) See more »

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Best Polish movie ever!
12 October 2006 | by (Warsaw, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Day of Wacko" is in my opinion the best ever Polish movie. And I'm surely NOT exaggerating. Non-Poles who are not interested in or have no idea about Polish culture and realities will probably not get half of the film, but I still recommend it to anyone who's open minded.

This is a story about a well-educated and intelligent teacher in his middle-ages, who can't stand stupidity, ignorance, his neighbours, and generally everyone and everything around him. If you've seen "Falling Down" (1993) with Michael Douglas, which is by the way another film I'd recommend, you'll get the point. However, no plagiarism was used here. The main character hates himself as well, mainly for the lack of inspiration in writing and still being dependant on his mother. The whole movie is presented within the monologues he has in his head, in many cases dirty ones. And by that I mean many vulgarisms, which at some point may get repelling. Although containing some comic parts, this film is depressing, especially if you think about the man's tragedy, because his life can be called like that. If you try to understand his situation, see why he's frustrated, and why there are so many negative feelings in him, you'll probably reach the point in which you'll feel down. There are many Polish stereotypes, system faults, and absurd presented and in some way laughed out. But then again, you have a depressing feeling of not being able to do anything about it. I really recommend watching this movie to anyone, especially to those who have some mixed feelings about the world. If it's possible, try to talk to any Polish person around, so he/she would explain some of the things that may be typical for Polish society and not common at all in other cultures. I just hope the English translation of this film is good...

General note: 10/10 and I really mean it.


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