In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »
Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation in a Detention Center. His crime prevents him from applying to the seminary, however Daniel has no intention of giving up his dream and he decides to minister a small-town parish.
Three Catholic priests meet to celebrate the anniversary of an event which could have taken their lives. Their experiences and motivations to serve as priests are extremely different, and soon each of them will have to face new challenges.
Set in the 19th century Warsaw. The indolence of aristocrats who, secure with their pensions, are too lazy to undertake new business risks, frustrates Wokulski. His ability to make money is... See full summary »
A washed-out German sailor, in a drunken state, agrees to take two British women from Gibraltar to the West Indies in his sail boat. Early into the voyage, they realise that it's not going ... See full summary »
A pair of lovers go off to a small hotel in a little town. The memories of war, however, intrude on their idyll. The girl and boy relive certain wartime experiences in flashback. She was a ... See full summary »
It's 1982: Poland is under martial law, and Solidarity is banned. Ulla, a translator working on Orwell, suddenly loses her husband, Antek, an attorney. She is possessed by her grief, and ... See full summary »
A man hops off a train by the small town where he claims he was before. His presence allows to bring out the inner feelings and beliefs of the inhabitants. A man who has hidden through all ... See full summary »
"A Tale of Adam Mickiewicz's 'Forefathers' Eve'", aka "Lava", is an adaptation of the verse drama "Forefathers' Eve" ("Dziady"), which apparently considered one of the most important works in Polish literature. Unfortunately, since I have not read the work, understanding the movie (let alone reviewing it) is extremely difficult.
The plot, as near as I could decipher it, is about the ghost of a revolutionary who is called back to life during a magical ceremony held in a cemetery back in the 19th century.. At first he tries to find out what happened to the woman he was in love with, but he quickly starts to relive his memories of the imprisonment of him and his fellow revolutionaries.
The play apparently is made up of four completely different parts and the movie seems to jump back and forth between those parts. The movie also makes lots of jumps through time (sometimes even to the present day). The characters speak in verse through much of the movie, sometimes directly to the camera. Demons and ghosts wander through the scenes, and sometimes the lead character disappears for long stretches of time.
It's a chaotic mess but I'm not sorry I saw it. The movie weaves a hypnotic spell and that sweeps you up. The movie will probably be best enjoyed by people familiar with the source work, or at least those who speak Polish. (The subtitles on the print I saw were very good, but I'm sure there were a lot of nuances that got lost in translation.) Worth watching if you're feeling adventurous, but multiple screenings are probably necessary to even begin to understand it.
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