The Wedding

Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
This latest release by the Polish Connection – who organise British theatrical windows for recent(-ish) Polish box-office hits – is a black comedy made back in 2004, a microcosmic portrait of small-town venality, gluttony and criminal and moral corruption so egregious it achieves a kind of confessional grace. Set over the increasingly drunken hours – or is it days? – of a wedding ceremony and reception, it’s held together by a stand-out performance by Marian Dziendziel as the unsavoury, scheming but somehow noblely indefatigable father of the shot-gun bride (Tamara Arciuch), a man ‘so greedy, he’d eat his own shit’, according to one guest. There’s quite a lot of shit, in both literal and metaphorical form, to contend with in this minor, minority film, but its deadpan concatenation of clichés – from the disgruntled band, an inconvenient death, trigger-happy gangsters – is elevated by writer-director Wojtek Smarzowki’s satisfyingly efficient orchestation and quickening sense of pace and redeemed by his chaste, nicely undemonstative and non-judgmental directorial gaze.

By: Wally Hammond



Release details

Release date:
Friday December 14 2007
109 mins

Cast and crew

Wojtek Smarzowski
Wojtek Smarzowski
Marian Dziedziel
Iwona Bielska
Tamara Arciuch
Maciej Stuhr
Bartlomiej Topa
Pawel Wilczak
Arkadiusz Jakubik
Jerzy Rogalski
Elzbieta Jarosik
Lech Dyblik
Tomasz Sapryk
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