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Kobieta samotna (1987)

A story of a middle-aged woman, Irena, living alone on the outskirts of Wroclaw with her 8-year old son. They live in a drab apartment. She is a mail carrier and her son is her only pride ... See full summary »

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Agnieszka Holland
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Chwalibóg ... Irena Misiak
Boguslaw Linda ... Jacek Grochala
Pawel Witczak Pawel Witczak ... Bogus, Irena's Son
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danuta Balicka Danuta Balicka
Bozena Baranowska Bozena Baranowska
Lucja Burzynska Lucja Burzynska
Danuta Gallert Danuta Gallert
Henryk Hunko
Maciej Karpinski
Ryszard Kotys ... Irena's Cousin, Bogus's Godfather
Jerzy Kozlowski Jerzy Kozlowski
Slawa Kwasniewska ... Irena's Aunt
Bohdana Majda ... Jacek's Housewife
Jerzy Matula ... Post Office Manager
Andrzej Mrozek Andrzej Mrozek ... Priest
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A story of a middle-aged woman, Irena, living alone on the outskirts of Wroclaw with her 8-year old son. They live in a drab apartment. She is a mail carrier and her son is her only pride and joy. She hardly communicates with anybody else in a humanly open and natural way. She also cares for a sick relative. One day when delivering a monthly pension to a crippled young miner Jacek, she faints at his doorsteps. Even though she is determined to live alone after divorcing her drunken first husband, she also knows that her boy needs a male figure to correct his bad habits. She also needs a man badly. The love affair between Jacek and Irena begins however their first physical encounter shatters them both. Irena has a lot of problems: her son makes a lot of trouble at school, and at work her supervisor wants to take her route and give it to somebody else. Finally, the sick relative dies, and she is hit with the funeral bill instead with the expected inheritance. She steals pensioners' money... Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Country:

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Language:

Polish

Release Date:

30 September 1987 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman Alone See more »

Filming Locations:

Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kobieta Samotna / A woman alone:A depressing yet realist film directed by one of Polish cinema's greatest directors Agnieszka Holland.
11 January 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Director Agnieszka Holland's "Kobieta Samotna" is the true portrayal of the harsh life of ordinary people under communist regime. It is the depiction of a single woman with modest economic resources who looks after herself and her young son against all odds which makes this film extremely humanist as well as intelligent.In many ways,this film is a grim reminder of sufferings endured by the proletariat in Poland.Polish actress Maria Chwalibog gives a brilliant yet a discreet performance in order to delineate Irena, a postal worker who supplements her little income with minor tips which she receives occasionally from people.The extent to which this film remains close to detail concerns a scene which shows a petty watchman using physical force to prevent Irena and her son from lodging their complaint.This film also stars Boguslaw Linda-One of the most famous Polish actors.As a disabled former miner,he plays one of the least glamorous roles of his career.Although the film is a veiled critique of communist government in Poland,it did not manage to escape the wrath of communist authorities. This film was banned by authorities when martial law was declared in Poland.


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