Review: ‘My Town’

A young out-of-work Pole interacts with family and an eccentric gallery of apartment block friends in the low-key dramedy "My Town." Paired with another short feature of similar theme and length (such as Iwona Siekierzynska's "My Roast Chicken"), pic is appropriate fest fare and should collect regional tube sales.

A young out-of-work Pole interacts with family and an eccentric gallery of apartment block friends in the low-key dramedy “My Town.” Paired with another short feature of similar theme and length (such as Iwona Siekierzynska’s “My Roast Chicken”), pic is appropriate fest fare and should collect regional tube sales.

Twenty-five-year-old unemployed hockey enthusiast Gozdzik (Radoslaw Chrzescianski) lives with brisk mom (Dorota Pomykala) and alkie dad (Krzysztof Stroinski) on the outskirts of a run-down Silesian industrial burg blighted by joblessness and apathy. He helps local lecher Leon (Stanislaw Brudny) look for a rat in flat of Mrs. Kurkowa (Krystyna Tkacz), hangs with doomed mechanic pal Cichy (Andrzej Mastalerz), goes easy on thieving uncle Janek (Jerzy Lapinski), counsels his despondent father and falls for lovely newcomer Zosia (Agnieszka Banach). Eventually, societal malaise exacts pitiless toll. First-time director Marek Lechki has an affinity for the quirky rhythms and visual grace notes of rural existence, and ingratiating cast breathes dignified life into a gaggle of plucky unfortunates. Work is part of the Polish tube film collection “Generation 2000,” and won best pic and screenplay awards at 2002 editions of Gdynia and Cracow fests, respectively.

My Town

Poland

Production

A Polish Television/Film Agency production. (International sales: TVP-Poltel Ent., Warsaw.) Executive producer, Maciej Karpinski. Directed, written by Marek Lechki.

Crew

Camera (color), Przemyslaw Kaminski; editor, Robert Mankowki; music, Bartek Straburzynski; art director, Joanna Bialousz. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Discovery), Sept. 9, 2003. Running time: 60 MIN.

With

Radoslaw Chrzescianski, Agnieszka Banach, Dorota Pomykala, Andrzej Mastalerz, Krystyna Tkacz, Krzysztof Stroinski, Stanislaw Brudny, Jerzy Lapinski.
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