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Retrieval (2006)

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19 year old Wojtek lives in a poverty stricken Polish town. He is in love with an older woman, an illegal emigrant from Ukraine. He boxes in illegal matches to get money and is spotted by a... See full summary »

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Antoni Pawlicki ...
Wojtek
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Katia
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Gazda
Dimitri Melnichuk ...
Andrij
Michal Filipiak ...
Baton
Wojciech Zielinski ...
Kalafior
Jerzy Trela ...
Grandpa
Dorota Pomykala ...
Mother
Jowita Budnik ...
Gazda's Wife (as Jowita Miondlikowska)
Jan Pyrlik ...
Gazda's Son
Karolina Tokarek ...
Gazda's Daughter
Marek Bielecki ...
Badylarz
Danuta Widuch-Jagielska ...
Badylarz's Wife
Katarzyna Lecznar ...
Badylarz's Daughter
Andrzej Mastalerz ...
Elves Producer
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19 year old Wojtek lives in a poverty stricken Polish town. He is in love with an older woman, an illegal emigrant from Ukraine. He boxes in illegal matches to get money and is spotted by a man running a security business. Accepting this man's offer means becoming a gangster, but this could allow him to a residence permit for his girlfriend Katya. Written by Anonymous

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A stunning portrayal of morality
5 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a man's struggle between the strive for a better life and morality.

The film does not have beautiful sets or costumes. Instead, it uses the detailed description of the psychological conflict to draw the viewers. Wojtek starts off as a hard working person, in order to provide for his girlfriend and her son. After getting the first taste of big bucks, he spirals into the underworld. Initially, he refuses to cooperate with the gangsters, but he succumbs to lucrative financial rewards.

The portrayal of Wojtek's inner struggle is amazing. I could feel his pain and confusion. The transition from a caring Wojtek to a ruthless Wojtek is remarkable and thoughtfully shown. Katia stands for a high moral value, and the conflict between the couple is palpable.

The only disappointment I find with the film is that the ending is too abrupt.


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