Jerzy is a writer and a chronic alcoholic. We meet him at the point when he believes that he can beat his addiction. Him and her in bed. Somebody says “I love you”. It seems that there is a reason and someone to live for… But when once she’s gone and he’s alone in a taxi, Jerzy can’t stop himself any longer. He has a quick one at The Mighty Angel and then goes to an all-night shop and starts drinking heavily. And then foam, convulsions, vomiting. Jerzy ends up in intensive care. We meet the hospital staff and other alcoholics in the isolated ward. Part of the treatment is reading previously written stories from the times when the patients were drinking. There’s an array of characters here: a lorry driver, a director, a pharmacist, some dossers too, a student and a policeman… there are no exceptions because anyone can be trapped in addiction. There are many amusing and authentic life stories (who has never laughed at a drunkard?) but there are also some terrifying ones…
Tag Archives: Poland
In the early 1930s the parapsychologist Wagner uses his telepathic sister to psychically uncover the presence of a nearby medium. This shadowy individual, named Orwicz, is amazingly powerful, simultaneously controlling several people who under his influence do things against their will–and immediately lose all memory of what they did.
One day the young Nazi sympathizer Krank and his police investigator superior Selin investigate Orwicz’s house. There’s no sign of Orwicz, but Krank and Selin discover that a number of the house’s previous residents were brutally murdered and, even more startling, that Orwicz himself died 30 years earlier. They determine that Orwicz has achieved immortality of a sort by projecting his consciousness into other peoples’ bodies, and pay a visit to Wagner to inquire how they might stop Orwicz.
The three conclude that the best way to take down Orwicz is through a SCANNERS-like psychic duel between him and another equally powerful medium. But where to find such a person? And how can they stop Orwicz’s psychically controlled subjects from battling Krank, Selin and Wagner through seduction, murder or worse?
Life Above All / Nad ?ycie (2012) Anna Plutecka-Mesjasz, Olga Boladz, Michal Zebrowski, Danuta Stenka, Drama
Over the years, thousands of people recognize, until one day you meet someone who changes your life. Forever. So it was with Agatha (Olga Bo??d?). Relating internationally successful volleyball falls in love with no memory of Jacek (Michal Zebrowski). About dreamed of this love for life. Everything was going to be like in a fairy tale – a beautiful marriage, children and a house in the mountains. These plans are interrupted a phone call. After the dramatic details Agata begins a race against time. Will fight for each other, the man she loves and the child, which wants more than life. Does love endure anything? Do endures all things?
Zaduszki / All Soul’s Day (1961) Tadeusz Konwicki, Ewa Krzyzewska, Edmund Fetting, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Drama
A pair of lovers go off to a small hotel in a little town. The memories of war, however, intrude on their idyll. The girl and boy relive certain wartime experiences in flashback. She was a communist who drove a boy loving her to give himself up.
Bilans kwartalny / A Woman’s Decision (1975) Krzysztof Zanussi, Maja Komorowska, Piotr Fronczewski, Marek Piwowski, Drama
The main character is a bookkeeper, 40, who lives a quiet, uninteresting life with her husband and son of school age. She realizes that soon she won’t be needed much at home as the boy grows up and the relationship with her husband crumbles. It’s only when an embezzlement is discovered at the office and she stands up to her management, that she realizes life has more to offer. She meets a well-off former classmate, married to an American. Then she meets Jacek and starts contemplating possibilities of a new start. She discovers love for the first time, but turns to old ways rather than to break loose.
Yuma (2012) Piotr Mularuk, Jakub Gierszal, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Jakub Kamienski, Action, Crime, Drama
YUMA is a gripping drama 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. When, after transformation to capitalism, poverty and humiliation rule on his side of the border, he crosses to the other side of the river, where the Germans seem to have it all, and literally reaches out for the symbols of a better life. Back home, handing out stolen Adidas and Ray Bans makes him a Robin Hood of his community. Before he realizes what is happening, money and power overtake his naive dreams of a better life and things spiral out of control. It seems Zyga is destined for the fate of Macbeth, a man doomed by ambition and a betrayed moral code…
Iluminacja / The Illumination (1973) Krzysztof Zanussi, Stanislaw Latallo, Monika Dzienisiewicz-Olbrychska, Malgorzata Pritulak, Drama
Strajk – Die Heldin von Danzig / Strike (2006) Volker Schlöndorff, Katharina Thalbach, Dominique Horwitz, Andrzej Chyra, Drama
Nieciekawa historia / A Boring Story (1982) Wojciech Has, Marek Bargielowski, Wladyslaw Dewoyno, Ewa Frackiewicz, Drama
A professor of medicine, known and recognized, through a serious personal crisis. Used in teaching, feeling mentally and physically diminished, become cynical and disillusioned, he can no longer interested or his family or his work. Only the presence and conversation Katarzyna, whom he raised as his own daughter, he restores life. But this woman, who herself had to endure many hardships and sharing his disappointment, he realized that his feelings are not really filial …