The protagonists of the film are two talented physicists – one of them leaves the city for the countryside and becomes a meteorologist, the other establishes a brilliant career in science. Both are bombarded by moral dilemmas regarding their choice in life.
The award-winning Krzysztof Zanussi, one of the great Polish filmmakers, made his feature debut with this psychologically rich, remarkably mature chamber drama about career vocation (Zanussi studied physics), friendship, and life philosophy.
A play of subtlety where objects, scapes, and inventories talk Zanussi's thoughts. Jan lifting snow off his night sun and gazes for the hope/sun at the end. Marek retreating behind the shadow drives back to the big world. Anna's flourishing at the movie end, a metaphor for the price for their choices made. "Has it ever occurred to you that "catching your breath" may be the right way to live."
Awesome fine movie.
Cozy little film about two old friends, catching up and discussing their different views on life. I think this film stands as a prime example of something where "more is less". Everything on screen seemed so planned and precise in how it was presented and executed, it was really satisfying to look at. Seemed as though Zanussi had quite a specific idea of the look and feel of the film he was making.
PC. It's not yet the rigorous structure that identifies some of his later films but it already appears, in various forms, the idea of (a) structure, especially in the magnification that snow brings to it - so much crystallization of (in) space and subsequent temporality, "in illo tempore ". Formally still is, above all, a film of the new Polish wave, "in illo tempore", which is nothing insignificant.
Every once in a while you need something like this to cleanse the palette from all the escapism. Real life can be interesting when you look at the details of relationships. And what's more interesting than a discussion of how we live our lives?
Some days MUBI brings boredom, unfamiliarity, or just mundane, and others MUBI brings greatness, magic and international film rapture. This time period presents the best, between Fellini and the polish director Zanussi, MUBI sometimes makes watching film a pure unadulterated joy!!!