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
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.