The White Dress

An everyday miracle opens the door to redemption in rural-set, Polish criss-crosser "The White Dress." The kind of artless morality tale the Legion of Decency would have endorsed in the 1930s, this unabashedly pro-faith pic was made for a local network's series of features each inspired by Polish holidays. Film enjoyed a low-key theatrical release at home, but it will need more than prayers to find auds abroad.

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With: Sambor Czarnota, Pawel Malaszynski, Isabel Dabrowska, Bogdan Kalus, Leszek Zdun, Urszula Wlodarczyk.

An everyday miracle opens the door to redemption in rural-set, Polish criss-crosser “The White Dress.” The kind of artless morality tale the Legion of Decency would have endorsed in the 1930s, this unabashedly pro-faith pic was made for a local network’s series of features each inspired by Polish holidays. Film enjoyed a low-key theatrical release at home, but it will need more than prayers to find auds abroad.

In Tykocin, Poland, it’s the spring holy day Corpus Christi, and the town prepares for its annual procession. The Suszko family bickers when its car’s brakes fail and little Pamela (Urszula Wlodarczyk) doesn’t want to wear the white dress that was borrowed for her. Local footballer Jacek (Leszek Zdun) is sent by the priest to borrow a microphone for Mass from a rock band whose members consider themselves Satanists. Meanwhile, cynical Warsaw yuppie Maciek (Sambor Czarnota) picks up straight-laced hitchhiker Damian (Pawel Malaszynski) at a gas station, and the two settle into an ongoing theological debate, but a climactic road accident will test both men’s beliefs. Helmer Michal Kwiecinski’s direction is strictly functional. Tech credits are competent, if a little on the tacky side.

The White Dress

Poland

Production: A Telewizja Polska presentation of a Studio Filmowe Perspektywa production. (International sales: Telewizja Polska, Warsaw.) Produced by Janusz Morgenstern, Jerzy Buchwald. Executive producer, Kamil Pazelecki. Directed by Michal Kwiecinski. Screenplay, Doman Nowzkowski.

Crew: Camera (color), Bartek Prokopowicz; editor, Grazyna Gradon; music, Anna Maarowska; production designer, Magdalena Dipont; costumes, Magda Biedazycka. Reviewed on videocassette, London, July 13, 2004. (In Cannes Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 67 MIN.

With: With: Sambor Czarnota, Pawel Malaszynski, Isabel Dabrowska, Bogdan Kalus, Leszek Zdun, Urszula Wlodarczyk.

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