Julia has everything that one can dream of. She has a great and warm home, she is a beloved daughter and wife and she is a successful artist-photographer. It’s fair to say that Julia is happy in her life. Suddenly, everything collapses. In one year her world changes completely, making Julia a different person.
It all starts with the death of the family dog. Then Julia’s mother gets sick – with cancer. Struggling with her mother’s illness and her preparations for the Biennale exhibition, Julia is left on her own. Her husband, a famous composer, is spending most of the time abroad, preparing the premiere of his new composition and her father seems to need help even more than she does.
Sickness and death from a close perspective are something different than what Julia expected – much more absurd, nonsensical and ridiculous. Having always been the little girl to her parents, she suddenly realizes that she is the strongest one. She is the one who must handle everything. Watching her mother dying becomes an absurd experience for Julia and her sister. The close proximity to death strips it of any pathos. And so, laughter becomes the only weapon to defend against total misery. And Julia has more than one reason to be miserable: Julia’s father, being unable to put up with the death of his wife, is drawn to alcohol. Her sister is unable to handle the situation. Julia finds she cannot count on them and her streak of artistic successes seem to be over.
Having nobody to turn to and overwhelmed with what is going on around her, Julia begins an affair with a good friend of the family, the most inappropriate person to have any kind of relationship with. And so, maybe for the first time in her life, Julia is not an observer, she doesn’t just experience certain things in her life, but she is confronted with a situation in which she has to make a decision on her own.
33 Scenes from Life is a film about the moment in life, when we as children change and become adults. It shows a time in life that everyone has to go through, because everyone has to grow up. Finally, it’s a story about stepping into the real world, where pain, suffering and doubts are inevitable. –TrustNordisk
Małgorzata Szumowska (born 26 February 1973 in Cracow, Poland) – is a Polish director, screenwriter and producer. Szumowska is the daughter of journalists Maciej Szumowski and Dorota Terakowska and the sister of Wojciech Szumowski, a documentary film director.
Szumowska spent two years studying History of Art at Jagiellonian University before she started film studies. Szumowska graduated from the celebrated film college in Łódź, which boasts such alumni as Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański or Krzysztof Kieślowski. As a student, Szumowska made a short which was ranked 14th in the history of Łódź Film School Cisza (Silence) is a short documentary film in which Szumowska tried to capture a simple life of a Polish rural family.
Szczęśliwy człowiek (Happy man)
Szumowska graduated from the film college in 1998 and made her debut feature film Szczęśliwy człowiek (Happy Man) in 2001. The film was nominated to The European Film Award and Szumowska became a member… read more