United States of Love

Zjednoczone stany milosci

K12

Genre

Drama

Director

Tomasz Wasilewski

Run time

1h 44min

Cast

Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak

After winning Karlovy Vary in 2013 with “Floating Skyscrapers”, Polish helmer Tomasz Wasilewski wins the 2016 Best Screenplay Silver Bear in Berlin with “United States of Love”, a four-storyline drama focusing on the various degrees of love in post-communist Poland.

A fixed POV shot at a dining table, during a dinner among friends, introduces to the audience the main characters, whose love lives are entwined in a harrowing recount of what it meant to transition from the stagnating Soviet bloc to a Western lifestyle, spearheaded by capitalism. Agata fell for her priest and this obsessive, preposterous, one-sided love compromised her marriage and led her to act irrationally. Iza is the headmistress at the school where Agata enrolled her daughter. She has a secret affair with a married doctor but a dramatic event puts their relationship on hold. Iza’s sister, Marzena, is an aerobics instructor and former beauty queen going through the throes of a long-distance marriage. She becomes the object of sexual desire for her neighbour Renata, a retired school teacher.

Set in an undefined Polish town dominated by concrete apartment blocks, “United States of Love” examines the private consequences of the social, cultural and, consequently, psychological repression women suffered during the Soviet occupation. The all-female cast is first rate and the immersive cinematography, bolstered by a muted palette of tints and ivory whites, paints a dreary, bleak picture of a society on the brink of change but not yet able to fully obtain the Western freedom they are daily exposed to.

Giampietro Balia

Genre

Drama

Director

Tomasz Wasilewski

Run time

1h 44min

Cast

Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak

After winning Karlovy Vary in 2013 with “Floating Skyscrapers”, Polish helmer Tomasz Wasilewski wins the 2016 Best Screenplay Silver Bear in Berlin with “United States of Love”, a four-storyline drama focusing on the various degrees of love in post-communist Poland.

A fixed POV shot at a dining table, during a dinner among friends, introduces to the audience the main characters, whose love lives are entwined in a harrowing recount of what it meant to transition from the stagnating Soviet bloc to a Western lifestyle, spearheaded by capitalism. Agata fell for her priest and this obsessive, preposterous, one-sided love compromised her marriage and led her to act irrationally. Iza is the headmistress at the school where Agata enrolled her daughter. She has a secret affair with a married doctor but a dramatic event puts their relationship on hold. Iza’s sister, Marzena, is an aerobics instructor and former beauty queen going through the throes of a long-distance marriage. She becomes the object of sexual desire for her neighbour Renata, a retired school teacher.

Set in an undefined Polish town dominated by concrete apartment blocks, “United States of Love” examines the private consequences of the social, cultural and, consequently, psychological repression women suffered during the Soviet occupation. The all-female cast is first rate and the immersive cinematography, bolstered by a muted palette of tints and ivory whites, paints a dreary, bleak picture of a society on the brink of change but not yet able to fully obtain the Western freedom they are daily exposed to.

Giampietro Balia

Info

Rating

Under 12 Not Allowed

Production year

2016

Local distributor

Menufilmid OÜ

In cinema

12/22/2016