6.6/10
232
1 user 1 critic

Zhoorek (2003)

Zurek (original title)
A Christmas story. Shame, promises, and secrets in a border town in Poland. Iwonka, who's 15 and blood simple, has a baby, and her mother Halina has promised her recently-dead husband that ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (short story)
Reviews
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Frozen Land (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »

Director: Aku Louhimies
Stars: Jasper Pääkkönen, Mikko Leppilampi, Pamela Tola
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A teenage country boy starts working in a restaurant of the famous Pacific Hotel in the 1930s. He soon discovers that to get promoted one needs to conform and sacrifice his dignity.

Director: Janusz Majewski
Stars: Marek Kondrat, Roman Wilhelmi, Roman Skamene
Vinci (2004)
Crime | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After several years of serving his sentence, Cuma - a notorious art thief is released from prison due to his poor health. It was all arranged by dealer Gruby who plans a heist of the famous... See full summary »

Director: Juliusz Machulski
Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Józef Paleczka, Borys Szyc
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the screening of the film "Daybreak" at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.

Director: Wojciech Marczewski
Stars: Janusz Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Teresa Marczewska
Kogel-mogel (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A country girl Kasia Solska is forced by her family to marry the man she finds unattractive. She secretly gets to university, escapes from her village to Warsaw and starts working as a babysitter there.

Director: Roman Zaluski
Stars: Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Ewa Kasprzyk, Zdzislaw Wardejn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A successful artist, married to a famous composer, must suddenly deal with a number of crises, from the death of the family dog to the illness of her father and absence of her husband.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska
Stars: Julia Jentsch, Peter Gantzler, Maciej Stuhr
Zmiennicy (TV Series 1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A young girl finds job as a Warsaw taxi driver. She only needs to be dressed as a man and hide her identity at all times and circumstances.

Stars: Mieczyslaw Hryniewicz, Ewa Blaszczyk, Irena Kwiatkowska
Bad Luck (1960)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk
Stars: Bogumil Kobiela, Maria Ciesielska, Helena Dabrowska
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A famous Polish journalist presents a problem for the powers-that-be when he displays his full political skill and knowledge on a television show featuring questions and answers on a world ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Ewa Dalkowska, Andrzej Seweryn
Alternatywy 4 (TV Series 1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

The families from various backgrounds move to a newly built block of flats in the suburbs of Warsaw. They have to face the totalitarian methods applied by the block caretaker Stanislaw Aniol.

Stars: Hanna Bieniuszewicz, Stanislawa Celinska, Anna Chitro
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Halina
Natalia Rybicka ...
Iwonka
Marek Kasprzyk ...
Wladek
...
Matuszek
Hanna Polk ...
Matuszkowa
Andrzej Szopa ...
Priest
Andrzej Niemirski ...
Pedzelek
Rafal Szalajko ...
Worker
Grzegorz Holówko-Sawin ...
Skier
Dariusz Wnuk ...
Soldier
Mariusz Jakus ...
Captain
Jerzy Moes ...
Chaplain
Rafal Sadowski ...
Sergeant
Krystyna Rutkowska ...
Shopkeeper
Ksawery Zielinski ...
Child
Edit

Storyline

A Christmas story. Shame, promises, and secrets in a border town in Poland. Iwonka, who's 15 and blood simple, has a baby, and her mother Halina has promised her recently-dead husband that she'll learn who the child's father is and have a christening by Christmas. Halina badgers Iwonka who identifies various putative fathers, each of whom proves not to be the one. As we come closer to Iwonka's secret, two men who liked Halina when she was young come to her aid: Wladek, who is her husband's brother, and Matuszek, a somewhat comic former cyclist whose career ended when he ran into a bus. Soldiers are everywhere, as is the cold. Will the baby find a father? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

White Soup  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An Enjoyable movie
11 February 2007 | by (Losa Angelosa) – See all my reviews

I never heard of this movie or its director until I picked it up; but after watching it, I must say that I loved it. It has a simple story just like in real life, without big drama or confrontations and yet it works out. There is not much suspense involved either; actually, well into the beginning, one gets a hint of where exactly the movie is going.

Real life is - unlike the drama depicted in many movies - pretty mundane. It revolves around routine chores and monotony, and yet certain problems spring up at times that baffle us and leave us disturbed. The main theme of this movie is the search of a mother to locate the father of the child that her daughter gave birth and to christen it before the Christmas, which is fast approaching. Her quest, guided by the ever-changing mind of her immature daughter, takes her to different places at times with devastating consequences. And yet, at the end of the movies, things are settled, sins forgiven and promises kept.

The acting of the actors in the movie is very good and their controlled performance keeps the movie real. Thus, the movie, in spite of having enough scope to be so, never turns into melodrama. The editing is succinct, thus keeping it within just 73 minutes.

My only problem (which in my opinion does not let the movie be a complete 'reality') with the movie is the impeccably clean and apparently expensive clothes worn by the family, who is obviously suffering from hardship.

I recommend this movie.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who's the father? sakura_avelon
Discuss Zhoorek (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?