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Duze zwierze (2000)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 August 2000 (Poland)
Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife is initially bewildered by the strange and unexpected animal, her husband immediately... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zygmunt Sawicki
... Marysia Sawicka
Dominika Bednarczyk ... Bank Clerk
Blazej Wójcik ... Bank Clerk
Andrzej Franczyk ... Bank Manager
Feliks Szajnert ... Drunkard
Zbigniew Kaleta ... Photographer
Andrzej Kozak
Radoslaw Krzyzowski ... Advertising Agent
Stanislaw Banas ... Fire Chief
Piotr Dabrowski ... Fireman I
Zbigniew Rola ... Fireman II
Ewa Worytkiewicz ... Councilwoman I
Malgorzata Zabkowska ... Councilwoman II
... Councilwoman III
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Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife is initially bewildered by the strange and unexpected animal, her husband immediately adopts it as a pet. As the man and his new companion take their daily walks in the village, neighbors are drawn to the odd sight and approach him about riding the camel or using it for any number of purposes. He declines to exploit or capitalize on the friendly animal, and is met with barely veiled hostility. In time, the camel becomes a burden on both the town and the man, who's edged out of community affairs and lives on shaky ground with his wife. Written by nitorch

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Directed by actor Jerzy Stuhr from a script by the late filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski (whose professional relationship with Stuhr dated back to the 1970s), after Kieslowski's death in 1996. See more »

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A good metaphor for the Communist times in Poland

The Communists, in all of Eastern Europe, were strongly xenophobic. The script to this film was written a while ago by Krzysztof Kieslowski and it is an almost ideal symbol for the philosophy of many Poles at the time.

In a clever production move the film, which was probably censored and shelved by the former government, was made to resemble films in the 60s, with its black and white cinematography and "aged" look.

The story starts with a man who imports a camel to his neighborhood and receives plenty of excuses, many of them totally bogus, of why he should get rid of it. The result is a tongue in cheek, though ultimately sad film about the fear of "the different one." 8/10

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