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Big Animal (2000)

Duze zwierze (original title)
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 »

Director:

Jerzy Stuhr

Writers:

Krzysztof Kieslowski, Kazimierz Orlos (story "Wielblad")
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerzy Stuhr ... Zygmunt Sawicki
Anna Dymna ... Marysia Sawicka
Dominika Bednarczyk Dominika Bednarczyk ... Bank Clerk
Blazej Wójcik Blazej Wójcik ... Bank Clerk
Andrzej Franczyk Andrzej Franczyk ... Bank Manager
Feliks Szajnert Feliks Szajnert ... Drunkard
Zbigniew Kaleta Zbigniew Kaleta ... Photographer
Andrzej Kozak Andrzej Kozak
Radoslaw Krzyzowski Radoslaw Krzyzowski ... Advertising Agent
Stanislaw Banas Stanislaw Banas ... Fire Chief
Piotr Dabrowski Piotr Dabrowski ... Fireman I
Zbigniew Rola Zbigniew Rola ... Fireman II
Ewa Worytkiewicz Ewa Worytkiewicz ... Councilwoman I
Malgorzata Zabkowska Malgorzata Zabkowska ... Councilwoman II
Beata Schimscheiner ... Councilwoman III
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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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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Referenced in Escape from Tomorrow (2013) See more »

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not as advertised, instead I got something better.
10 August 2007 | by grahamskellySee all my reviews

I would comment but I couldn't write a better comment then "Beautiful film ... I wish I hadn't seen it ..., 15 June 2004 Author: profhound from Chicago, IL"

It is a beautiful, self critical look at Polish and rather all Human Nature. It shows the power of conformity and social pressure. awesome film.

also a note this film was presented as a laugh out loud funny comedy, and maybe that is what the theaters wanted advertised to get people in the door, and instead I found something better.

Major Credit to the Director for staying true to the writers work, a truly wonderful film


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

25 August 2000 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Animal See more »

Filming Locations:

Myslenice, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,733, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$3,733

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,733
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Telewizja Polska (TVP) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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