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25 Ratings


Plac zabaw

Directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski
Poland, 2016
Drama, Thriller


The last day of school in a small Polish town. It’s the very last chance for 12-year-old Gabrysia to tell her classmate that she is in love with him.

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Critics reviews

After offering an hour of sadistic, insensitive and crass story-telling… it is as though Playground suddenly decides that it cannot go through with its own logic. The murder scene unfolds in a static shot clearly supposed to recall the style of Michael Haneke, but which betrays either a grave misunderstanding of his style or a great hypocrisy as it is shot from a distance too great for the viewer to actually see any detail of the cruelty.
October 24, 2016
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The problem is not that Playground doesn’t explain—it’s not obliged to—but that it over-explains, offers too many possible causes for the boys’ violence, most of them of a highly conventional kind. The film offers some determining causes that are timeless constants—parental distance, uncomprehending adult disapproval, poverty, excessive responsibility at a young age—but it also throws in elements that are effectively new, as if in a deliberate updating of the Bulger story.
September 26, 2016
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There is no shortage of possible “explanations” for the homicidal malevolence of the murderers, although of course Kowalski and Warwas carefully avoid explicit finger-pointing. In stylistic terms, however, the picture lays on the dread-drenched atmospherics rather too thick at times… The brutal conclusion, however, is handled with pared-down restraint.
September 21, 2016
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