Reviewed at Bratislava Film Festival, Slovakia, Dec. 1, 1994. Running time: 134 MIN.
With: Bozena Adamek, Bozena Dykiel, Anna Polony, Joanna Szczepkowska, Artur Barcis, Henryk Bista, Jan Frycz, Marek Walczewski, Zofia Merle, Dorota Pomukala, Agnieszka Suchora.
“Two Moons” meanders through its two-hour-plus journey like a large, sprawling mural, drawing its palette from the assorted locals and summer tourists at a small Polish resort town. Set in a romantically remembered pre-World War II (pre-Communist) era, this gentle, intelligently made costumer discreetly eavesdrops on the lives of its characters during the course of two full moons. Pic is well suited to Euro tubes and cultural venues.
“Perhaps there are really two moons — one for them and one for us,” muses a pampered, privileged tourist about the community. Though the two groups rarely meet or interact, for a brief time each year they share the same piece of earth. When they do overlap, the bourgeoisie assumes the peasant class is there to suit its purposes.
Veteran Polish director Andrzej Baranski surveys the characters’ foibles with amusement but retains a strong sense of Catholic respect for religion. The tourists have time to paint, write and ponder their superiority. The women enter a peasant home uninvited, take what they like off the walls and leave a few zlotys as payment. An artist asks a barefoot child to pose in a brook of infected water. A clothes-mad woman can’t find the right dress for a farewell with her lover.
Pic, which sports luscious summer colors and intimate use of the camera, deservedly won a best costume award at the Bratislava fest.