Tue Sep 22 2009
Like Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl, here’s another case of a revered director turning in a minor work; then again, if you’re Andrzej Wajda, the Polish master of such films as Ashes and Diamonds and the recent Katyn, perhaps you’ve earned your festival slot. The most striking parts of this tiresome post-WWII drama are its experimental edges: When Wajda first tried to make the film, his longtime cinematographer, Edward Klosinski (also the husband of actor Krystyna Janda), died, sending the project into hiatus. The director now accommodates the loss: Lengthy monologues delivered by Janda in a spare room afford an unpredictable nervousness. But there’s no getting around the fact that the movie they’re trying to make is a fairly generic one, about a doctor, his grief-stricken wife (Janda) and the strapping 20-year-old that she befriends as both a surrogate son and a lust object. Friday, Oct 2 at 6pm; Saturday, Oct 3 at 4:15pm—Joshua Rothkopf
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New York Film Festival 2009