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Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000)

Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 8 September 2000 (Poland)
A cynical doctor, who is dying of cancer, would like to know the meaning of his life. He has to fight for it or just get ready for death.

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Krzysztof Zanussi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ... Tomasz Berg
Krystyna Janda ... Anna
Tadeusz Bradecki ... Monk Marek
Monika Krzywkowska Monika Krzywkowska ... Hanka
Pawel Okraska ... Filip
Aleksander Fabisiak ... Professor
Szymon Bobrowski ... Karol
François Dunoyer François Dunoyer ... Doctor in Paris
Dominique Lesage Dominique Lesage ... Saint Bernard in the movie
Xavier Schliwanski Xavier Schliwanski ... Rustler in the movie
Malgorzata Pritulak ... Nurse
Redbad Klynstra ... Singer
Maciej Robakiewicz ... Director of a Travel Agency
Michal Sieczkowski Michal Sieczkowski ... Sick musician
Teresa Marczewska ... Mother of patient
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A cynical doctor, who is dying of cancer, would like to know the meaning of his life. He has to fight for it or just get ready for death.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Poland | France

Language:

French | Polish | English

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

La vida, una enfermedad mortal de transmisión sexual See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color
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The film's title was taken from a graffiti written on a wall in Warsaw. The director liked it so much that he decided to use it. See more »

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Followed by The Supplement (2002) See more »

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A wonderful meditation on the transcendence of life
29 October 2000 | by candomartySee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to view this film [and to participate in a Q&A with Mr. Zanussi] at the Chicago International Film Festival in October, 2000 and it profoundly moved me. The basic theme is hardly original: that there is more to life than what one can see and that it is not limited to our time on earth. However, as Mr Zanussi pointed out at the Festival, having been born in Poland in 1939 he has a more than passing familiarity with death, and in this film explores its significance. This he does with visual eloquence, grace and occasional wit in this film set in Poland and France.


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