Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it’s the first camera in town, he’s named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first works…
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My first Kieslowski film. I was immediately struck by it's naturalness. The simple, sometimes intrusive presence of the camera makes a nice parallel with Filip's camerawork. Jerzy Stuhr also seemed very natural on film and was a compelling lead. The plot with his wife, however, didn't work for me. I was never sold on the motivations for her wild mood swings, and felt the film had to manufacture some drama.
Kieslowski's early piece about a man's obsession with vocation and what it leads him to learn about himself and the society around him should not be overlooked. It is as poignant as any in his magnificent catalog. Brilliant
Insightful and painful investigation of film and obsession, specifically, well, obsession with film. Most likely a very personal story for Kieslowski, it shows the struggles of the artist with artistic freedom and creative expression, as well as the all consuming nature of working within confines of the creative spectrum, and trying to do something great, even if it means sacrificing all you have. A cautionary tale.
A realistic portrayal of the sacrifices one makes and the joy of doing so when the intentions are good. As typical with Kieslowski, the film is beautiful to watch and the message is shot from many perspectives through out.
Early Kieslowski exploring his great fascinations of individual human development and the role art can play for the individual and society as worker Filip attempts to reconcile fascination with cinema with a normal life. The difficulty and suppressive forces of communist society are also hinted at. Cinematically the film isn't as fluid as his later films, but the environment of communist society is still fascinating