Mary and Tom are in their thirties and have been married ten years. Their love is put to the strong test.
Country: Poland Runtime: 110 mins Director(s): SŁAWOMIR FABICKI

FILM FESTIVALS: Raindance Film Festival 2013


Oscar-nominated director Fabicki once again proves his talent for unsentimentally communicating the complications of life in this brutal but brilliant film. Maria and Tomek are a happily married couple with successful jobs, a new house and a baby on the way. It seems they have it all: career, home, family and a strong relationship. But a dramatic incident with Maria becomes the catalyst for the slow but unrelenting and painful breakup of their marriage.

This intimate drama shows us an unflinchingly honest portrait of a relationship’s disintegration. We see how even the strongest relationships can fall apart when a couple suddenly lose their trust in each other; when the mutual honesty is gone. We watch them both making mistakes, taking irrational decisions they hope will help as the relationship spirals irretrievably downwards. We see how the connection between them dies, how their closeness, sense of security and ultimately their love fall apart.

The film is spartan in its dramatizsation. The camerawork is austere and so is the superb acting of Julia Kijowska and Marcin Dorociński. Fantastically led by the director, Sławomir Fabicki, both actors deserve applause and accolades, as does this intimate and uncompromising film.

Martyna Szmytkowska