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Matka Teresa od kotów (2010)

Police arrest two brothers, Artur and Martin, at their aunt's provincial motel and escort them to jail in the capital. Unfolding in flashback, the film seeks out the motives for the crime ... See full summary »

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... Teresa
... Artur
... Marcin
... Hubert
... Krystyna
Monika Pikula ... Ewa
Malgosia Lata ... Jadzia
Helena Norowicz ... Aunt Róza
Janusz Lagodzinski ... Therapist
... Broker
... Jacek
... Teacher
Piotr Dabrowski ... Capral
Marek Serdiukow ... Policeman - neighbour
Marta Dobecka ... Wiktoria
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Police arrest two brothers, Artur and Martin, at their aunt's provincial motel and escort them to jail in the capital. Unfolding in flashback, the film seeks out the motives for the crime they have committed. How did such irrational evil germinate in boys from a good family? Mother Teresa loves her two sons and sympathizes with her husband Hubert, a professional soldier traumatized by his experiences in Iraq. She helps music student Eva who lives with them and cares for their autistic daughter Jadza, and she is kindhearted to stray cats as well, allowing them to fill up their large apartment. Twenty-two-year-old Artur, fascinated by psychotronics, falls prey to the illusion of his own extraordinariness. He has his younger brother Martin completely under his control and their mother suspects nothing. His sense of superiority is confirmed by his father's growing impotence, and he scorns the man for investing his retirement bonus foolishly. But the sons' motives don't reflect the ... Written by Anonymous

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"Intensely engaging..."
30 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Polish screenwriter and director Pawel Sala's feature film debut is a shockingly realistic family portrait about two brothers named Artur and Marcin who lives at a motel in Warsaw, Poland with their mother who takes care of cats, their father named Hubert who is traumatized by the war in Iraq and a female music student who takes care of their autistic sister. The boys have a good and safe home, but one day something happens that implies the complete opposite.

Polish filmmaker Pawel Sala's finely paced and well-acted directorial debut which is based on real events, depicts the story about 20-year-old Artur who is convinced that he has supernatural abilities and as a result of this demolishes his younger brother's perception of reality, makes him neglect school, put's him up against his parents and drags him into an uncontrollable stream of meaningless ideas that eventually leads to the boys being arrested for the murder of their own mother. Pawel Sala's disquieting story about an ordinary family from today's Poland is narrated from multiple viewpoints, examines the motives behind the hideous and unjustifiable crime with a cogent narrative structure and forms in-depth psychological studies of character through a well-directed fictional reconstruction that moves one year back in time to unveil the string of events and the relations within an apparently happy family where the parents and the children changed roles due to the oldest son's vile and close to psychopathic behaviour. A thoughtful and intensely engaging crime drama.


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