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2,550 Ratings


A young provincial man comes to the capital to study physics and must tackle life’s universal questions. The film chronicles a decade in his life, during which his absolute faith in the primacy of rationality and science is shaken by tragedy and affairs of the heart.

Our take

Another of the Krzysztof Zanussi’s tales of the post-war generation of Poles struggling to find meaning and purpose in their lives under Communism. The promise (and struggle) of both love and science define this brilliant film, winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard.