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My Flesh, My Blood
dir. Marcin Wrona / Poland 2009 / 91’
subtitles: English
New Polish Films Competition

Cast

Eryk Lubos, Luu De Ly, Krzysztof Kolberger, Stanisława Celińska, Wojciech Zieliński, Roma Gąsiorowska, Małgorzata Zajączkowska, Joanna Kurowska, Monika Kwiatkowska-Dejczer

Film description

The main character's loneliness and the atmosphere of undefined nostalgia, known so well from Asian cinema, are shown in Polish this time in the feature-length debut of Marcin Wrona, director of the award-winning short film Człowiek Magnes. Modern Warsaw: Igor is 29, he is at the peak of his boxing career, when he learns that he has a brain tumour. He'll never enter the ring again. Waiting for his imminent death, he starts his last fight: he wants to leave a trace. Incidentally, he meets Yen Ha, an illegal immigrant from Vietnam, who agrees to give birth to his child in exchange for Polish citizenship.

The expressive film reality is made in a low-key style, avoiding melodramatic tricks, discipline and moderation of the narrative and skilfully built atmosphere. The acting is also a great strength of My Flesh, My Blood. Eryk Lubos, as Igor, excellently plays the powerless rage and rebellion of his character. The noticeable supporting role of Igor's coach is played by Marek Piotrowski - the invincible 'warrior' of Jacek Bałwut's documentary, nine-time world champion in kick-boxing, whose career was interrupted by a disease, too. Wojciech Zieliński performs very well as Olo, Igor's betrayed friend, whom the boxer asks for help before he dies. But the most important aspect of Marcin Wrona's debut is the story itself - with no easy reasons, unequivocal choices, where even a helpful gesture can be an act of revenge.

Joanna Łapińska

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