A portrait of a young polish woman who works as a cleaning lady abroad to be able to take care of herself and her two daughters in Poland.


Markus Seitz


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"Za chlebem" (for the bread) is an expression used in Poland since over one hundred years. It stands for hunting for a job out in the world. To secure their existence economically a lot of polish people shuttle to neighbour countries. So does Renata, a young woman from Pyrzyce near the German-Polish border. During the week she works as a cleaning lady in Berlin to be able to take care of herself and her two daughters in Poland. Family life only takes place at weekends. 1989, during the big changes in Poland, when she turned to Italy together with her husband there seemed to be a different perspective. Both daughters were born, they learned the language and started to feel at home. But finally Renatas husband decides to go back to Poland. The family broke apart. This film is accompanying her in an area of conflict, her working abroad, her constant traveling and her responsibility as head of a family in Poland. Her restlessness demands for sacrifice. A hope seems to be the forthcoming ... Written by Die Eigene Gesellschaft [de]

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German | Polish

Release Date:

11 September 2008 (Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Die Eigene Gesellschaft See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Uncompressed Digital - PCM 2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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