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The Office (1995)

Urzad (original title)
The insane government bureaucracy at a state pension window.
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Krzysztof Kowalewski ... Priest
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In an office processing pension applications, people wait. Clerks give instructions and explanations, finding fault with each document presented. People smoke, standing in line with papers in hand. A clerk sharpens a pencil methodically. Papers are stamped, further instructions given. Someone makes tea. The clerks take their break while people wait quietly. Papers have been stacked, sorted, placed in folders, and filed - row upon row, shelf upon shelf of files. Enervation is all. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

November 1995 (Greece) See more »

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Lodz Film School, PWSTiF See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Early student documentary
5 April 2006 | by max von meyerlingSee all my reviews

This is a film Kieslowski made in Lodz Film School. It has a modest concept:a matter-of-fact record of what happens in a government pensions office. The disdainful clerks deliberately brutalize the public to the point of sadistic cruelty for no more reason than to satisfy some dark something where their humanity should be. They all work for an agency which refuses to recognize court orders to give money to legitimate pensioners suggesting a method to this madness. Which comes first - does the organization corrupt its employees or does the demoralized sloth of the employees make a corrupt organization? One interesting thing about what is essentially a single chunk of a film is that there is no guarantee that the sound and the image are from simultaneous shooting but maybe very un-documentary like selected and assembled.


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