Louder Than Bombs

With a title cribbed from the 1987 Smiths album of the same name and an endearingly screwball heart, Polish family laffer "Louder Than Bombs" is a diverting comedy about the pitfalls of family and the burden of dreams. Pic is a fine addition to fests, with potential for modest theatrical biz and ancillary movement.

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With: Sylwia Juszczak, Rafal Mackowiak, Grazyna Krukowna, Magdalena Schejbal, Andrzej Galla, Krzysztof Czeczot.

With a title cribbed from the 1987 Smiths album of the same name and an endearingly screwball heart, Polish family laffer “Louder Than Bombs” is a diverting comedy about the pitfalls of family and the burden of dreams. Pic is a fine addition to fests, with potential for modest theatrical biz and ancillary movement.

In a sour little village in southern Poland, Marcin (Rafal Mackowiak) has just learned of his father’s death. Almost as traumatic is the news that longtime g.f. Kaska (Sylwia Juszczak) is off to study in Chicago. Yearning only for a life with Kaska that has meaning (and is thus “louder than bombs”), Marcin must first grapple with his father’s funeral, the arrival of distant relatives who make the Bundys look like Ozzie and Harriet and a climactic outdoor banquet during which everyone mixes it up with everyone else. Helmer Przemyslaw Wojcieszek wrote the script for Witold Adamek’s Tarantino-inspired, predictable 1999 genre exercise “Monday,” but in his debut behind the camera exhibits a fine command of character development, comic pacing and direction of perfs. Tech credits are fine, earning pic best photography honors at 2002 Slamdance Fest.

Louder Than Bombs

Poland

Production: A Skorpion Art, Canal Plus, Agencja Produkcji Filmowej Komitetu Kinematografii production. (International sales: Skorpion Art, Warsaw.) Produced by Pawel Radkowski, Monika Lenczewska. Directed, written by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek.

Crew: Camera (Kodak color), Jola Dylewska; editor, Krzysztof Osiecki; music, Bartek Straburzynski; art director, Michal Hrisulidis. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (East of the West), July 11, 2002. (Also in Slamdance Film Festival.) Polish dialogue. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: With: Sylwia Juszczak, Rafal Mackowiak, Grazyna Krukowna, Magdalena Schejbal, Andrzej Galla, Krzysztof Czeczot.

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