Jacek is a good-natured, long-haired metalhead with a lust for life and works on a construction site where they are building a giant Rio-rivalling statue of Jesus. It’s on the job that he suffers a massive accident that transforms him into a candidate for the country’s first face transplant.
Part of Viewfinder, our globetrotting strand showcasing fascinating stories, this beguiling and unpredictable drama is a dark yet frequently comic look at identity, love, religion, and small-town community in Poland. It won director Małgorzata Szumowska her second Silver Bear award at the Berlinale.
A miss...an honest portrayal of xenophobia but I don’t think it works as a ‘black comedy’ since the topic just isn't funny...Szumowska does better with the scenes dealing with religiosity in rural Poland.
Brilliant film!! MUG is a dazzling and effective post-modern fable. A blistering critique of religion, consumerism, hypocrisy, parochialism, xenophobia, romance, and the superficiality of appearance, Malgorzata Szumowska offers an anti-fairy tale; a black comedy and social critique. Cinematographer Michal Englert employs a very narrow depth of field to great effect. One of the finest films of the decade.
Loved the critic side of it -- I could recognize not only Poland but other societies in there. The story is not super well writen though -- how come he falls and just needs a face transplant, all the rest of his body being completely untouched?! But what striked me the most was the aesthetical options... WHY SO MUCH (FAKE) BLUR IN ALL THE SCENES?! Man, that distracted me asf from the film itself. What a shame.
"Mug" depicts a local community entrenched in narrow-mindness and racism. (it reminds me of Vargas Llosa's communities) There is a large gap between the invoked religion and the acts of the people. It's a world where superficiality dominates. The accident makes the protagonist experience the prejudices first hand.
so bad on so many levels a)szumowska's class supremacy made me cringe b)if that supposed to be a fairytale then one shot of lsd prior to shooting could have helped c) original story (recovery in a small Polish town after the face transplant) differs drastically from what you're experiencing on a big screen