Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country, Janek and Staszek, the sons of a navy man, the rebellious Kazik, and the affluent ...
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A story about the rise and fall of Zyga - a Polish kid in his early twenties, who wants to take charge of his life after the fall of communism, but in a time of chaos and moral anarchy, unwillingly becomes a gangster.
In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer.
The main character is the manager of a sport club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances. One day he is detained at the border just as his sport team is off to a ... See full summary »
Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country, Janek and Staszek, the sons of a navy man, the rebellious Kazik, and the affluent Diabel gel as a band, but their disparate lives are touched by social turmoil and outside perceptions.Written by
Pusan International Film Festival
Adolescent love and politics may not seem to mix, but it does in this brilliant film that uses as a background the Gdansk shipyard strike. Revolt is everywhere, in young people seeking refuge in Rock music, in individuals seeking freedom from the dire economic conditions facing Poland in the 1980's. Yet, it is also a film about love of country, love of family, and love, plain and simple, even if discord seems to reign everywhere. It is from this discord that Borcuch manages to crank up the film's suspense and tie together episodes that on the surface seem disparate. Each one of them meshes into the other to form a canvas that speaks of life's triumph over calamity. For instance, Janek's discovery of love, of the self, of the other, and its imminent loss fostered by divergent political views is more than a mirror to Janek's father encounter with death and sorrow, or to Poland's political woes. This film is at once Bergmanesque because of its depth,and Nouvelle Vague because of the way it maintains youth's focus on life. Kudos well deserved.
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