In this psychological thriller from Poland, director Robert Glinski uses a scouting trip as a means to probe the secret lives of young men as they learn how to contend with authority figures and enemies alike.
Be Prepared has the look of an old home movie, but smartphone videos drive the plot. Scout leaders Jacek and Tomek are herding their troop in tent pitching when the Commandant arrives with five kids from the local reform school, whom Jacek tries to convince to play by the rules—even as rebellious loner Tomek aims to break them all. When Tomek is found dead, cell footage seems to implicate the outsiders—and the scouts’ summer camp begins to resemble the island in Lord of the Flies.
Producer: Wlodzimierz Niderhaus | Editor: Milenia Fiedler | Cinematographer: Lukasz Gutt | Screenwriter: Dorota Jankojc-Poddebniak, Robert Glinski
Cast: Mateusz Wieclawek, Jakub Zajac, Magdalena Wieczorek, Michal Wlodarczyk, Maciej Musialowski, Leszek Lichota, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Artur Barcis