Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The experimental Polish director Andrzej Zulawski's final film is typically energetic and strange

The Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, who died of cancer in February, was one of the most relentlessly inquisitive and idiosyncratic human beings ever to step behind a movie camera. His films were ferocious, ambitious and often ridiculous (1981’s berserk marriage-drama-with-tentacles ‘Possession’ is perhaps his best known). Zulawski’s swansong, ‘Cosmos’, is no different – entrancing, frustrating and utterly singular. 

It’s a modernised adaptation of Polish author Witold Gombrowicz’s 1965 novel, in which a pair of well-off young men arrive at a small-town hostel to spend a few days. There, they encounter mysteries – a sparrow hanging from a tree, a noose around its neck; a scorch mark on a wall. The pair decide to mount a kind of artistic, intellectualised investigation. 

As with all of Zulawski’s work, ‘Cosmos’ is essentially unclassifiable, and attempting to summarise it is a fool’s errand. But it is, at times, astonishingly beautiful – the closing credits sequence alone is lovelier than some entire movies. If self-aware, ultra-arch arthousery isn’t your bag, give it a miss. If you’re looking for a good, weird, often very funny time, don’t miss it.


Release details

Release date:
Friday August 19 2016
103 mins

Cast and crew

Andrzej Zulawski
Andrzej Zulawski
Sabine Azéma
Jean-François Balmer
Jonathan Genet
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