“Shreds”: a film for the love of man [RECENZJA]

  • At the film festival in Gdynia, the film “Strips” is fighting for the Golden Lions. This is the second fictional production of the Silesian documentary filmmaker Beata Dzianowicz
  • For Gerard, his daughter-in-law says, “his brain is boiling.” Diagnosis? Alzheimer. A sentence that tears the head but not the body
  • It is not from the level of originality of the plot that the striking power of “Trzępów” arises, but from dialogues woven with the greatest attention and sensitivity, scenes staged as close to life as possible
  • Polish cinema hardly remembers such an authentic, perfectly cast and played, lively, and un-exaggerated image of the family.
  • It is an emotional training ground, carefully refined in every detail, which cannot be left unscathed
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Silesian documentary filmmaker Beata Dzianowicz, with international awards (“Kites” was awarded in Locarno), quietly entered feature cinema. Her sensational thriller “I’ll Find You” from four years ago passed almost unnoticed, and critics called it a flop. Today it is known that Dzianowicz had to wait a little longer for the real debut. “Shreds” are worth even the longest wait.

Gerard (Grzegorz Przybył), a respected university professor and avid photographer, after returning from a skiing trip with his son (Michał Żurawski) sits motionless in the staircase. Simple reflection, who hasn’t happened to? Another time, he puts the camera in the dishwasher. Oh, the lack of divisibility of attention or the power of momentum. But when, during the lecture, he decides to water the flowers with his urine, shocked students can hardly call it a momentary extravagance. For Gerard, his daughter-in-law says, “his brain is boiling.” Diagnosis? Alzheimer. A sentence that tears the head but not the body.

“Shreds” largely follow the well-known genre key, which is why it is easy to call them predictable. How many times have we watched the family idyll cleverly ruined by a lurking disease?

Agnieszka Radzikowska, Pola Król and Michał Żurawski in the film "Scraps"Agnieszka Radzikowska, Pola Król and Michał Żurawski in the film “Strzępy” – Łukasz Bąk / Press materials

However, it is not the plot’s originality that gives rise to the striking power of “Trzępy”, but the dialogues woven with the greatest attention and sensitivity, scenes staged as close to life as possible. Often very funny in their hopelessness. And doubtful questions. How can we reconcile love with cruelty? How to save a loved one from loneliness if he plunges into inner isolation? What is healthy selfishness? When does life end and sacrifice is not worth the price? Dzianowicz reminds us that an attempt to organize reality logically with superficial schemas is a delusion.

“Supernova”, “Butterfly Still Alice”, “Father” … Films about the consequences of a disease that devastates the brain are distinguished by their impressive acting. It is no different in “Strzępy”. Manned against the previous one emploi Michał Żurawski finally got the opportunity to show his full talent on the big screen. Adam’s confusion lies in despairing eyes. The magnetic lightness and naturalness of her protagonists are given by Agnieszka Radzikowska, who debuts in the foreground, until now known mainly by the audience of Teatr Śląski and known from “Tarapatów 2” The King of Fields.

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Polish cinema hardly remembers such an authentic, lively, and un-exaggerated image of the family. Of course, this film would not exist without Grzegorz Przybył. When Michał Sikorski “Sonata” He raised the bar so high in playing heroes with health problems, Przybył sets her several meters above the ground. It is hard to imagine that Gerard would not bring him an award for a supporting role in Gdynia.

– I feel more confident in the documentary world, but I don’t think I have the strength for it anymore – said Beata Dzianowicz during the festival conference. Her experience in “Strzępy” can be seen very well – thanks to him she managed to create a moving image of fear, love and the ruthlessness of suffering. Dzianowicz strips the disease of beautifying filters and shows the incomprehensible scale of its devastation, as Michael Haneke did in “Miłość”. The world of the Pateroka family, very subtly photographed by Piotr Pawlus, with beautiful scenery by Agata Adamus and Agnieszka Sośnia, is an emotional training ground, elaborated in every detail, which cannot be left unscathed.

Some films are said to be made for the love of cinema. “Strzępy” was created out of love for man.

[6/6]

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“Strangers”, written and directed by Beata Dzianowicz, the film fights for the Golden Lions at the 47th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

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