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IFI & KINOPOLIS: THE WORD

Director: ANNA KAZEJAK

97 minutes, Poland-Denmark, 2014, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema


Director Anna Kazejak long search for a lead actress paid dividends with the casting of Eliza Rycembel as Lila, the 14-year-old who, when cheated on by repentant 15-year-old boyfriend Janek (Mateusz Więcławek), forces him to earn his way back into her good graces through cold-blooded emotional manipulation.

Superimposing the tropes of the revenge thriller on a coming-of-age drama makes for an intriguing mixture, particularly when set against the backdrop of contemporary teenage communication as mediated by technology and social networking, making for a world in which consequences seem less real, and in which the line between childhood and adulthood is increasingly ill defined.

Showing as part of IFI & Kinopolis: 9th Polish Film Festival (November 6th – 9th).

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