The film is set in a terrorizing world of the future, where technology commands the movements of individuals, supervised by the doctors, carrying out a program to improve the human race. Thus, instead of doctors creating a monster, the monsters are already there as the species of the future – but one of them is suspected by the doctors of being a human being. —IMDb
Piotr Szulkin (b. 1950, Gdansk) graduated from a fine arts high school (1970) and then in direction from Lodz’ National Film, Television & Theatre School (PWSFTViT) in 1975. He directs for film, theatre and television, and dabbles in literature as well. He has shot several short films: Everything (Wzystko), The Birth (Narodziny), Working Women (Kobiety pracujące), A Girl with a Devil (Dziewce s ciortem), Charming Eyes (Oczy uroczne) and Meat (Mieso). He has incorporated his original futurological vision, drawn from pessimistic reflections on the continuing decline of humanism, in features with imaginative scenographic solutions: Golem (1979), War of the Worlds (Wojna światów – Następne stulecie, 1981), O-bi, o-ba (O-bi, O-ba. Koniec ciwilizacji, 1985) and Ga, Ga – Glory to the Heroes (Ga, ga – chwala bohateram, 1985); such films gained him several major prizes at home and abroad. After the movie Femina (1991) he returned to his penchant for absurdity, sarcasm and artistic originality… read more
Intrigued by the story I was eager to watch this movie, but it was an utter disappointment. I was annoyed by the cheapish yellow overglow on the camera and the over-extensive use of shadows. Also, the movie is very vague from start to end and really should have paid more less attention to the everyday life of Mr. Pernat and more to the experiment he is subject to. Shamefully I'd say this movie isn't worth a watch.
Szulkin's film uses the myth of the Golem as a metaphor for persecution, both personal and political. His character - stumbling through this Kafkaesque nightmare of mistaken identities, police interrogations and the constant gaze of suspicion - is a genetic copy (itself a metaphor for conformity) struggling to become an individual. The more he learns to think for himself, the greater the threat he becomes for those who attempt to control him.