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Zycie rodzinne / Family Life (1971) Krzysztof Zanussi, Daniel Olbrychski, Jan Kreczmar, Halina Mikolajska, Drama

Zycie rodzinne AKA Family Life (1971)
A young engineer is called back home, which he had left years before. The house is a crumbling, old mansion in which his father still works, illegally distilling vodka, much of which he drinks himself. He is alcoholic and unhappy. His sister is cynical and disturbed, had attempted suicide. His aunt is tired and sour. Their purpose to bring him there is to play on his sympathies and eventually make stay, to make him work and take care of them. He refuses and returns back to the city.
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Konopielka (1982) Witold Leszczynski, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Anna Seniuk, Joanna Sienkiewicz, Comedy, Drama

Konopielka (1982)
Kaziuk, a stubborn peasant and his pregnant wife live in a backwood village, unaffected by the civilization. The village is once visited by a couple of wanderers, and strange things start to happen afterward. A new schoolteacher is sent to the area. She stirs erotic fantasies in Kaziuk. In a stir of frustration Kaziuk cuts down a family tree – a sacrilegious act in the eyes of his family. Going a step further and using a scythe for cutting the rye instead of a sickle brings the whole village against him.
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Kingsajz / King Size (1988) Juliusz Machulski, Jacek Chmielnik, Jerzy Stuhr, Katarzyna Figura, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

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A comedy. The story follows a young scientist in the contemporary world, who actually came from the world of dwarves, thanks to a magic potion, held by the Big Eater, ruler of the dwarves. The dwarf kingdom, Shuflandia, exists in a cellar of a library, and only the most obedient get the chance to grow to king size and inhabit the larger world. Once there, nobody wants to return to Shuflandia. Also, there are no women in Shuflandia.
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Pozegnania / Farewells (1958) Wojciech Has, Maria Wachowiak, Tadeusz Janczar, Gustaw Holoubek, Drama, Romance

Pozegnania (1958)
The story takes place before World War II and centers on Pawel, a member of a conservative, middle-class family, and his love for Lidka, a taxi dancer. Social conventions and the lovers’ inability to defy those forces Pawel and Lidka benefit. Times change, war breaks out, leading to Pawel sent to Auschwitz while Lidka marry his cousin. Their love has survived and conventions are no longer the issue.
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