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Warsaw," sophomore helmer Dariusz Gajewski's follow-up to "Alarm," puts newcomers to Poland's capital city on a collision course, creating an underwhelming, soapish romantic comedy with a streak of whimsy.

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With: Agnieszka Grochowska, Lukasz Garlicki, Dominika Ostalowska, Lech Makiewicz, Slawomir Orzechowski, Lukasz Simlat.

“Warsaw,” sophomore helmer Dariusz Gajewski’s follow-up to “Alarm,” puts newcomers to Poland’s capital city on a collision course, creating an underwhelming, soapish romantic comedy with a streak of whimsy. Presence of up-and-coming thesps Agnieszka Grochowska and Dominika Ostalowska, plus distinctly local flavor, should help boost B.O. in Poland on November release. However, pic has neither sufficient heft nor exoticism to carry it far offshore.

Klara (Grochowska) is headed to meet her b.f., and young Pawel (Lukasz Garlicki) is off to make his fortune in Warsaw when the two meet cute on a train and later hook up. Meanwhile, temperamental Wiktoria (Ostalowska) hitches a lift with businessman Andrzej (Lech Makiewicz) who hires her company for a deal, leading to possible romantic entanglement. The two couples cross paths with a farmer (Slawomir Orzechowski) in search of his runaway daughter at the climax. Final reel lacks strong sense of resolution or poignancy, but does feature a live giraffe wandering through the city for no apparent reason. Grochowska gives good waif, like a Slavic Audrey Tautou; other thesps are adequate. Tech package has a TV-movie look.

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Production: A Gutek Film release of an Agencja Produkcji Filmowej, Studio Filmowe im. Karola Irzykowskiego, Telewizja Polska production. (International sales: Telewizja Polska, Warsaw.) Produced by Andrzej Serdiukow, Janusz Kijowski. Directed by Dariusz Gajewski. Screenplay, Gajewski, Mateusz Bednarkiewicz.

Crew: Camera (color), Wojciech Szepel; editor, Jaroslaw Barzan; music, Kormorany; production designer, Elwira Pluta; costume designer, Monika Kaleta. Reviewed at London Film Festival, Oct. 23, 2004. Original title: Warszawa. Running time: 109 MIN.

With: With: Agnieszka Grochowska, Lukasz Garlicki, Dominika Ostalowska, Lech Makiewicz, Slawomir Orzechowski, Lukasz Simlat.

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