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I don't watch foreign movies very often. Day of the Wacko was an exception.
But I was glad I saw it. Would not have missed it.
The title of the movie contains exactly what the film is all about. A day of the life of a real wacko. Watch this strange man, doing everything in his own careful way. As he has been doing his whole life. The man tries to escape from his town, his habits.. his life. Will he manage to do this?
A strange movie. But really good. And with some clear messages for all of us. If you get a chance to see this one, be sure to watch it.
You will not be disappointed.
It's a shame that this film isn't available on dvd in Europe.
I'm not sure what some get so uptight about nitpicking some small details and missing the whole big picture and the wonderfull moments of the film. I also left Poland as a child in 1979 and one thing I had to live through is bad Hollywood films:P This movie can be crude, but why shouldnt it be. If your life turned out like this you would be extremely unhappy and likelly using rather colorfull words when you reached the boiling point as the main character has. The film is simply art, it had no typical pre-fabricated way of telling the story, it was simply a day in life of an angry man with a life time of regrets and love that he yearned for. It also had some critisisms of Poles in general and I have to agree, sometimes there was to many "me me me" when I have visited insted of "we". I think the prayer at the end summoned it up. Most of all it is a satire, it is taken to extreme in places, thats what satires do, so dont take this to literally, just enjoy and try to understand that it is not you regular moron proof hollywood movie where everything is laid out in front of you and overexplained so the dimmer amongst us dont ask to many questions. To me its one of the best films I have seen in the last ten years, a pleasant surprise.
The film does not consist only of flat humor as of vulgar speech and behave of the protagonist but has a very deep social critic (as for example the popping up of 3rd world scenes or showing how neighbors treat each other or in general how people talk to each other). The protagonist appears as a freak but compared to the rest of the world he is the most normal one, it is the behave of the society which leads him to his abnormality. An other strong critical emphasis is put on the consume-society of our world. TV advertisements are shown totally ridiculously and the products they advertise are totally non-sense. It may appear quite funny, but if we think about this fact it is shown like it is in reality. Profit and consume dominate about rationality and humanity. It is one of the best movies I've seen in the last year, the humor is not typical American slapstick or "Al Bundy -like" but the vulgar talking of the protagonist calms the pathetic style and makes it easier to watch and also very funny. A+!!!
I think it definitely is. Recently Polish films were pretty much always
with Olaf Lubaszenko and Cezary Pazura. A decent director/actor pair
but nothing special. Their films like "E=mc2" and "Chlopaki nie placza"
were funny but rather mundane, just vulgar humor followed by slapstick.
It's funny, but you get sick of it after a while. Then there were
movies like "Psy" which are Polish wannabe American crime thrillers and
action movies. Again they were decent efforts, but not comparable to
movies of the same genre from Hong Kong (Hard Boiled) or America
(Resevoir Dogs). This film however is a true work of art. Not just made
to look cool, but to express a directors point of view. I think it
compares to Aronofsky's masterpiece "Pi," in that it's story about a
man lost in the search for something. Granted is the fact that this is
a very different film than "Pi" in its story, but artistically it's a
good achievement for a Polish director who looks like he is on his way
to be among Wajda and Kieslowski. 9/10
No MPAA rating. Contains strong profanity
Dzien Swira ( Day of the freak) is Koterski's latest addition to an
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
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
One of the reasons why Koterski's work is either loved or intensly
by Poles, is the painfully acurate description of polish hell, made all
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
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
I'm not Polish, but I had the pleasure of visiting most of the country
on multiple occasions, I studied there, I dated there. To all the
critics who despise the use of profanity, the vulgar approaches of the
protagonist, or the economical background, I invite them to take a
closer look around Poland. If the described situations are unrealistic,
then this is only half true. There are much worse and true facts that
are either not mentioned or unexplored in this movie, like the feeling
of unsafety, the neediness for capitalism and the exploitation hereof,
and the careless and emotionless attitude of the young (men).
Apart from that, this movie nails it. I saw it during a screening in my classes on Polish culture (braught by Polish teachers). I laughed out loud after the first words were uttered when the main character woke up. How sad, but how true his words were. Of course this is satire. What happens here to one person could at most be the combination of a hundred people involved. Still, the pain is real. It's not an easy life out there if you're a local. Everyday is a struggle, the English language is an unrealistic necessity, money is a key word.
Keep an open mind when you watch this one. Seek out the good parts (I enjoyed all the dog references, since I'm not a big dog fan), and know that politically, economically, and privately, this does represent a part of Poland. I love that country though, with all its flaws. It's just not always easy.
The movie gets a 10 from me. I haven't seen anything like it, and I've seen most.
Even though I've lived in Poland for over a year now, I generally don't watch many Polish movies, especially newer ones, which I've found to be very derivative of American and British films. This movie however is a true gem. A rare film that makes you take stock of your own choices in life. The movie focuses on a day (though actually it has to be more than one day) in the life of Adas, a 49 year old high school teacher from Warsaw who's first words to us are "I'm afraid of waking up", and we soon learn thats not all he's afraid of. Adas is deeply dissatisfied with every aspect of his life. From his noisy neighbors, to his broken family, to the Polish government, to his own inability to climb out of his personal hell. Told mostly through narration voice-over which clues us in to Adas's thought process, the film explores the turmoil of middle age with an honesty and poignancy rare in film. While certainly hilarious in moments, this movie serves up an equal (or greater) amount of melancholy as well, balancing the two aspect, delicately. As Adas passes from compulsion to depression, to denial, to rage, we learn more about him, and come to empathize with him. The most striking feature of this movie for me, was the universality of Adas, and the relate-ability to him. Yes he is Polish, with some uniquely Polish complaints and problems, but he could easily be any middle aged man in any western society. While he's a wacko in his own way, what the movie says is, "aren't we all?", "aren't we all this man in some way?" This movie did for me, what hardly any movies do anymore; it made me think and reflect about my own life and my own choices, and any movie that can do that, deserves praise in my book.
"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.
If you're looking for a comedy to spend some time laughing you've got
the wrong movie. This one isn't funny and if there scenes to laugh
about it's not because they're "funny" but because they're true.
"The Day of the Wacko" is about one day taken from a life of a underpaid, depressed, Polish language teacher in Warsaw. But it's also about getting old and tired of life that seemed so happy and nice at first and then turned into a total disaster - a disaster that a lot of people getting old (not only in Poland) experience. Another movie about Adas Miauczynski is true to the bone, it tries to picture the confrontation between the idealist dreams that all of us had while being young with reality that, often, is depressing and sad. And it does..."The Day of the Wacko" also makes a few points about us, Polish people (or rather people in general), that we often try to hide or make them go away in our minds. I believe each and every person after watching the movie will feel that this it's, even in a flash, about themselves.
The screenplay, and directing is really good, but the movie would be poor if not for some excellent acting by Marek Kondrat as Adas Miauczynski - he's not excellent, he's absolutely wonderful as a man that considers himself as the lowest of the low. In my opinion this is one of the most universal Polish movies ever made (at least after 1989) and anyone interested in Polish cinema should take a while to see it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I'm always looking at IMDb's best movie lists and this movie is in the
list. Although it did not get much votes, average of votes is so high
that it got a place in the top list. After watching it I gave it an 8
here is why:
It'a about a middle aged, divorced, very lonely, obsessive and miserable man.
This guy apparently has wasted his life, never found his dream girl, got married to another woman whom he did not love. Missed the chance of becoming a professor, got a job as teacher with low salary and disrespectful students.
He only loves and cares about his son. But he predicts and afraid of that his son will become just like him and have a miserable life.
Those all said, is this all his fault or are the society, country and people to blame is a question we ask along watching the movie.
This movie shows a countries's long-time social problems, pointless politicians, spoiled youth and culture, changing but not adapting social structure and so on. Unfortunately those are not only for Poland but all the countries does have this kind of problems.
So here we have two sides of a man's sad story. One side is his own obsessions, never ending health problems, pressure of his mom and always looking for better and never finding true love dilemma. Second is the weirdness of the society, a harsh criticism of Polish people and funny examples of how stingy, not friendly, selfish they are.
Of course it does have some cultural references to Polish life and history which I could not understand since I am not Polish, but most of the movie is about us, all human beings.
Just give it a try, I'm sure you'll find some similarity to your life.
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