A Polish teen tries to balance having the adolescence of a lifetime with looking after her tiny tot in director Katarzyna Roslaniec's "Baby Blues."
A Polish teen tries to balance having the adolescence of a lifetime with looking after her tiny tot in director Katarzyna Roslaniec’s “Baby Blues.” Like her debut, “Mall Girls,” this is a worrying, candy-colored snapshot of reckless minors in a post-communist country in tailspin, with the lifelike dialogue and situations oddly contrasting with the pic’s almost maniacal attention to costumes, which are more carefully designed than a Lady Gaga appearance. Fests won’t feel blue showcasing this, though smallscreen exposure will eclipse theatrical offshore.
Seventeen-year-old Natalia (Magdalena Berus), whose own young mother (Magdalena Boczarska) disappears early on, tries to raise 7-month-old Antek (Miklaj and Dominik Lubek) with an occasional assist from their skater dad, Kuba (Nikodem Rozbicki). Yet the teens’ short attention spans and egocentric interests (videogames, drugs, alcohol) are hardly compatible with child rearing. While more realistically staged than post-pinko, nihilist/consumerist fantasies such as “Snow White and Russian Red,” the pic undermines its verite grit by hyperstylizing the duds of not only the girls, but also the boys, who look but don’t act like they’re on “Project Runway.” Thesping from young non-pros is pleasingly raw, the final scene positively spine-chilling.