A young man is confronted with corrupt and vindictive colleagues at work and negligent officials at the hospital where his mother is dying. As he searches quixotically for a steadfast moral code by which to live, he suffers from the knowledge of human frailty and our darker inclinations to do harm.
Our Krzysztof Zanussi retrospective moves into the 1980s with one of his most acclaimed films and the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Through its hero’s eyes—and the travails of a righteous and honest man—we see, at the end of the 1970s, what’s become of the Communist dream.
Another very interesting film by Zanussi, that manages to deal with complex themes with a very minimal style of directing. This film tells the clash between an idealistic and correct man and a society that follows other rules. This dynamic moves the whole film. But does the real force that moves everything is just fate or is there a meaning for everything?
A young man is forced to exist in a cynical world most of us accept as a necessary evil. He stands up against it, stubbornly clutching to the constant factor in a fuzzy dynamics of human condition. Raw and direct this film will remind you of Don Quixote you buried long time ago to stay sane. Was it worth it?
What use is high moral fiber when one has to endure swimming against the current in river of sin only to find that there's somehow more shit upstream than where one started? Definitely a gripping and poignant film. Yet another hitter from Zanussi, great stuff.
A young man's ethics and sense of morality go up against 'the system' in this intelligent but pessimistic film from Zanussi. When corruption spreads across all facets of everyday life the morality of one man has little chance of making a difference. Jury winner at Cannes features strong scripting and solid performances especially from lead Tadeusz Bradecki.
PC/TV screen. The analysis of Polish society, politically and socially, remains staggering, transforming its protagonist into a symbolic totem of an unchanging society's determinism. Zanussi's cinema acquires the realistic tones with which the dramatic statement is sustained, with little more to offer beyond that efficiency.
If you were expecting some sort of reward for good behaviour, then this is not your movie. That's not the protagonist's reason. He can think of no other way to act. While there are similarities to Kieslowski's films, I happen to think that Zanussi's are less heavy handed.