Based on the autobiography of renowned Polish author Pawel Jasienica, Little Rose tells the story of a writer's betrayal at the hands of a beautiful young informant, recruited by her lover in the secret service to prove his rival is a Jew.
Co-writer and director Jan Kidawa-Blonski's historical drama is set in 1968, when the Polish government launched an anti-Semitic campaign in the wake of Israel's triumph over Egypt in the Six-Day War. The agent, Roman, masquerading as a member of the foreign trade mission, romances the young Kamila, a typist at the university where the writer, Adam, teaches. When Roman is pressured to bring down the teacher-suspect, he in turn bullies Kamila (code name: Little Rose) into taking Adam as a lover. In order to please the brutish man she thinks she loves, she does his bidding. Indeed, she initially enjoys playing such an important role—but little by little, she discovers that she is merely a tool being wielded for political purposes. As her loyalties waver, the surveillance operation becomes a dangerous love triangle.
Archival footage from the time period serves to underscore how the human spirit can be crushed at the kitchen table as surely as on the streets. Under a totalitarian regime, Kidawa-Blonski suggests, passion is risky: clouding the thinking, it leaves those who surrender to it open to destruction.
Producer: Wlodzimierz Niderhaus | Editor: Cezary Grzesiuk | Cinematographer: Piotr Wojtowicz | Screenwriter: Maciej Karpinski, Jan Kidawa-Blonski
Cast: Andrzej Seweryn, Magdalena Boczarska, Robert Wieckiewicz, Grazyna Szapolowska