Day of the Wacko

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In this dolefully absurdist Polish comedy of dejection and rejection, Adam (Kondrat) is a middle-aged teacher, divorced, depressed and a world class obsessive-compulsive. His strict daily regimen is planned right down to the number of toilet tissues he needs; even sitting down on a sofa involves an elaborate testicle-tucking ritual. Unhappily the outside world is a source of constant frustration - the noise pollution alone could drive a man to mania. Brief fantasy sequences give Adam a more complex innerlife than his own monologue suggests, without succumbing to whimsy. It's not exactly an uplifting experience, but you can see what writer/director Koterski is getting at.

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