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Day of the Wacko (2002)

Dzien swira (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 June 2002 (Poland)
24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions.

Director:

Marek Koterski

Writer:

Marek Koterski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marek Kondrat ... Adas
Janina Traczykówna ... Matka
Andrzej Grabowski ... Sasiad
Michal Koterski ... Syn Sylwus
Joanna Sienkiewicz ... Byla zona
Monika Donner-Trelinska ... Ela
Aleksander Bednarz ... Sasiad z dolu
Zbigniew Buczkowski ... Dozorca koszacy trawnik
Dorota Chotecka ... Wlascicielka psa w pociagu
Maria Ciunelis ... Wariatka w pociagu
Krystyna Czubówna ... Spikerka
Bozena Dykiel ... Wlascicielka psa
Piotr Fronczewski ... Lekarz w TV
Anna Gornostaj ... Klientka w kiosku
Joanna Jedrejek Joanna Jedrejek ... Dziewczyna reklamujaca 'wyciag z fiuta'
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Storyline

It is a bitter story about a middle-aged man who hates his life, other people and ultimately himself. Adam Miauczynski, the character known from director Marek Koterski's previous films, is a 49 year-old teacher who reads poetry during school lessons and later goes home swearing and calling his neighbours' names. The worst pain for him is the next 5 minutes of living. He doesn't accept himself and even everyday contacts with others cause his aggression. Though constantly dreaming of a romantic love, he is not bold enough to make his dreams come true. Written by PL

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Taglines:

To be, kurwa, or not to be ("To be, for fuck sake, or not to be")

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Poland]

Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

7 June 2002 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

A bolond egy napja See more »

Filming Locations:

Debki, Pomorskie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,277,521
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Just like in two previous films about Adam Miauczynski, director Marek Koterski considered casting Cezary Pazura in the lead role. However, he changed his mind because of the fact that Pazura was then associated too much with popular sitcoms, and although the film had many comic scenes, it was not a typical comedy anymore. See more »

Goofs

When we see the dog shitting under Adam's balcony, it firstly does it on thick, green grass but in the later scene when the dog is with a woman, it stands on bare ground without any grass. See more »

Quotes

Adam Miauczynski: My dear friend on this journey. You built this dark mound to lead the life of a termite. Protected from the sunlight. Closed in your sad rigid rituals. Even if they make you mad, these rituals became your shield against the winds, the waves, against stars and feelings. Every day you struggle to forget your human condition. The clay you are molded from has dried out and hardened. No one will ever find in you an astronomer, musician, altruist, poet or human who lived for even one day.
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References Nothing Funny (1995) See more »

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Absolutely outstanding!
14 July 2006 | by maciosghSee all my reviews

If you're looking for a comedy to spend some time laughing you've got the wrong movie. This one isn't funny and if there scenes to laugh about it's not because they're "funny" but because they're true.

"The Day of the Wacko" is about one day taken from a life of a underpaid, depressed, Polish language teacher in Warsaw. But it's also about getting old and tired of life that seemed so happy and nice at first and then turned into a total disaster - a disaster that a lot of people getting old (not only in Poland) experience. Another movie about Adas Miauczynski is true to the bone, it tries to picture the confrontation between the idealist dreams that all of us had while being young with reality that, often, is depressing and sad. And it does..."The Day of the Wacko" also makes a few points about us, Polish people (or rather people in general), that we often try to hide or make them go away in our minds. I believe each and every person after watching the movie will feel that this it's, even in a flash, about themselves.

The screenplay, and directing is really good, but the movie would be poor if not for some excellent acting by Marek Kondrat as Adas Miauczynski - he's not excellent, he's absolutely wonderful as a man that considers himself as the lowest of the low. In my opinion this is one of the most universal Polish movies ever made (at least after 1989) and anyone interested in Polish cinema should take a while to see it.

10/10


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