by Krzysztof Kieslowski
“We walk through this world in search of new life.”
A missed train. A lost coin rolling towards a new owner. A “harmless” change of flight reservation. END.
Mundane everyday life inbetween. All in a fascinatingly sharp storytelling catching incredible nuances of human behavior.
An ironic depiction of the socio-political climate in Poland of the late 1970s, but to me most of all giving a “voice” to the timeless questions of meaning and choice versus chance. Questions that we have all asked, are asking or will ask while walking through life.
by Miguel Ángel Jiménez Colmenar
“Some people never leave the place they were born at. Others never find their place and spend their life looking for it.”
The story of a prostitute trying to start a new life might sound familiar from films or books. But this is not what this film is about. Or at least not in its core. To me it conveyed an almost pervasive feeling of restlessness, of a constant search for something new, for something else, for the life one has dreamt of. The brutality in the former Soviet Union village scenery is striking and might be even disturbing at times, but despite that the film is poetic and touching in the attempt to depict something as intangible as yearning. Controversial? Yes! Judgemental? No! Worth seeing.