A young mother manipulates and exploits others to get time away from her kid and stay afloat financially in Polish drama “Ki,” the feature debut of young documaker Leszek David. Although her character is frequently badly behaved, comely star Roma Gasiorowska manages to make her titular character sympathetic, even sort of likable, and the pic offers an energetic portrait of contempo youth culture in urban Poland. Still, with a script that’s not terribly original or surprising, “Ki” won’t unlock many doors offshore, apart from those at a few fests.
Warsaw-based Kinga, aka Ki (Gasiorowska), has a cute 2-year-old son named Pio (Kamil Malecki), sired by her shiftless b.f., Anto (Krzysztof Ogloza). She works as a nude model at the local art school and sometimes strips, but is trying to get on welfare by hiding her other sources of income. When she and Anto split up, she moves in with friend Dorota (Sylwia Juszczak) and Dorota’s fiance, Miko (Adam Woronowicz), and proceeds to mess up their apartment and coerce Miko into posing as her fiance in front of social workers. Stuttery editing adds texture to an adequate tech package; thesping’s good.