A young woman manages to escape from a life of prostitution and return to her home, but there’s no joyful family reunion in director Magdalena Lazarkiewicz’s grim study of an overly pious Polish town (think Breaking the Waves).
When Urszula—beaten, bruised, and silent—shows up at her parents’ house, mother Anna is nearly expressionless as she regards her presumed-dead daughter. Urszula is given a bedroom, but she’s also locked inside of it overnight; her father will not look at or speak to her; and her devout mother forces her to attend mass before, bafflingly, hustling her out of public and back to the solitude of their home without warning. In a particularly disconcerting scene, even the local priest seems determined to punish the girl for being sexually exploited. When her violent pimp shows up to demand Urszula’s return and the extent of her past is revealed to the community, we see how far the conservative family is willing to go to maintain its veneer of propriety.
Director/screenwriter Magdalena Lazarkiewicz will be in attendance for the screening
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
Producer: Lambros Ziotas | Screenwriter: Katarzyna Cesarz Terechowicz, Magdalena Lazarkiewicz
Cast: Sandra Drzymalska, Agnieszka Warchulska, Stanislaw Cywka, Katarzyna Herman