Andrzej, an arrogant middle-aged man, and Krystyna, his much younger wife, invite a handsome male hitchhiker on their sailing trip, where the two men vie for Krystyna’s attention in Roman Polanski’s Oscar-nominated feature film debut.
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A spectacular debut that is one of the finest portrayal of the relationship between adults and a younger generation. The way the heat impacts the body and the sexual tension preludes the body horror of Repulsion that would follow in Polanski's career. In general, it's a wonderful human drama that has a bit of a Cassavetes feel to it and that concludes in a most beautiful and open-ended way.
For his very first feature, one can tell Polanski had some major talent. I absolutely loved this movie on every level. The uncomfortableness of this very well paced movie made me wish it was even longer! The acting was magical and cinematography was pure genius. Had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. God this was just ingenious.
Not much of a plot,a smart thriller showing that suspense doesn't have to include violence.Really about men showing off with their power games yet failing to impress.
Black and white photography,with the weather almost a character.Fantastic jazz score.
Three people on a boat. Both men become soon one as Andrzej develops the habit to copy and repeat every move of the young stranger. Krystyna, on the contrary, is clearly described by the director as double: the severe wife with glasses of a Polish bourgeois who changes into a buxom naiad as soon as she leaves the shore. Three people on a boat: a man and two women. Note that Polanski dubbed the young man. Masterpiece.
Perfect example of a movie that shows that you do not need a big spectacle of a film in order to be good. This movie only has 3 characters! Yet it still remains engrossing and entertaining. Not to mention a fantastic 1st film from a director. If you are an aspiring filmmaker and think you need to make some huge, sprawling movie for your 1st, watch this before you do that...it may convince you otherwise.