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On a gray, foggy morning outside a large Polish city, Zhenia (Alec Utgoff), a masseur from the East, enters the lives of the wealthy residents of a gated community. Using hypnotic, almost magical techniques to get a residence permit, he starts working. The well-to-do residents in their cookie-cutter homes seemingly have it all, but they all suffer from an inner sadness, some unexplained longing. The attractive and mysterious newcomer's hands heal, and Zhenia’s eyes seem to penetrate their souls. To them, his Russian accent sounds like a song from the past, a memory of their seemingly safer childhoods. The latest from writer/director Malgorzata Szumowska (ELLES, IN THE NAME OF) and her long-time collaborator Michal Englert is an unclassifiable meditation on class, immigration, and global warming with touches of magical realism and moments of sober beauty and subtle humor.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    113 minutes
  • Language
    Polish / Russian
  • Country
    Poland / Germany
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Malgorzata Szumowska
  • Screenwriter
    Michal Englert, Malgorzata Szumowska
  • Producer
    Michal Englert, Viola Fügen, Malgorzata Szumowska, Agnieszka Wasiak, Michael Weber, Mariusz Wlodarski
  • Cast
    Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati
  • Cinematographer
    Michal Englert
  • Editor
    Agata Cierniak, Jaroslaw Kaminski